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date: 18 February 2020

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This introduction provides an overview of the aims, audience, structure, and content of The Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical Studies. In addition to defining rhetoric and mapping the field of rhetorical studies, it provides a historical context for the contemporary resurgence of interest in rhetoric through a discussion of new methods of textual and historical analysis, the modern expansion of the field of rhetoric, and novel forms of rhetorical theory and practice made possible by new media technologies. The introduction also provides detailed summaries of all 60 chapters, arranged thematically to offer a topical survey or “snapshot” of the Handbook as a whole. In general, the introduction argues that rhetoric, far from being moribund, is a protean, multifaceted art that plays a key role in myriad academic disciplines (drama, literature, philosophy, etc.) and fields of social practice (law, politics, education, etc.).

Keywords: rhetoric, rhetorical studies, rhetorical theory, media, drama, literature, philosophy, law, politics, educat

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