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date: 29 February 2020

(p. vii) Acknowledgments

(p. vii) Acknowledgments

I have incurred many debts in the course of editing this handbook. I would like to begin by extending my heartfelt thanks to the 60 contributors whose hard work, professionalism, and generosity of spirit have made this volume possible. I would also like to thank James I. Porter for commenting on an earlier draft of the proposal for this volume. I owe a special debt of gratitude to Stefan Vranka, Executive Editor, Oxford University Press, for his expert guidance over the years it took to organize and edit this volume. I would also like to acknowledge the reviewers and editorial staff at Oxford University Press for their advice and scrupulous copyediting, as well as my friend Jonathan Doering for his editorial assistance with the bibliographies. I am grateful to the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo for its support for this project, and to all my colleagues, especially those working in the field of rhetoric: Fraser Easton, Beth Coleman, Frankie Condon, Jay Dolmage, Kenneth Graham, Randy Harris, Ken Hirschkop, Murray McArthur, Kevin McGuirk, Andrew McMurry, Aimée Morrison, Marcel O’Gorman, and Neil Randall. Conversations with these colleagues have shaped and reshaped my understanding of rhetoric over the years. I must also express my gratitude to several of my teachers for their long-standing support and intellectual companionship: Frederick Dolan, Avital Ronell, Judith Butler, Jonathan Culler, and Barbara Cassin. Finally, I would like to acknowledge two masters of the ars rhetorica to whom I am especially grateful: my mother, Shirley MacDonald, and my wife, Carrie Perce. (p. viii)