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Culture, Rhetoric and the Vicissitudes of Life


M. Carrithers


Inspired by the Rhetoric Culture Project, this volume focuses on the use of imagery, narrative, and cultural schemes to deal with predicatments that arise during the course of life. The contributors explore how people muster their resources to understand and deal with emergencies such as illness, displacement, or genocide. In dealing with such circumstances, people can develop new rhetorical forms and, in the process, establish new cultural resources for succeeding generations. Several of the contributions show how rhetorical cultural forms can themselves create emergencies. The contributors bring expertise from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology and communications studies, underlining the volume’s wider relevance as a reflection on the human condition.


Carrithers, M. (Ed.). (2009). Culture, Rhetoric and the Vicissitudes of Life. Berghahn Journals

Book Type Edited Book
Publication Date Jun 1, 2009
Deposit Date Sep 8, 2009
Publisher Berghahn Journals
Series Title Studies in rhetoric and culture
Series Number 2
Keywords Anthropology, Cultural studies, Rhetoric culture theory.
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Additional Information Contents Preface Introduction Chapter 1. Inventions of hyperbolic culture Ralph Cintron Chapter 2. Medical rhetoric in the US and Africa: the oncologist as Charon Megan Biesele Chapter 3. The diffuse in testimonies Stevan Weine Chapter 4. Internal rhetorics: Constituting selves in diaries and beyond Jein Nienkamp Chapter 5. Ordeals of language Ellen Basso Chapter 6. ‘As if Goya was on hand as a marksman’: Foot and mouth disease as a rhetorical and cultural phenomenon Brigitte Nerlich Chapter 7. Story seeds and the Inchoate Michael Carrithers Chapter 8. The palaestral aspect of rhetoric F.G. Bailey Chapter 9. Rhetoric in the moral order: a critique of tropological approaches to culture James Fernandez Notes on contributors Bibliography Index