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08

Graff’s Viability of the Rhetorical Tradition

The Viability of the Rhetorical Tradition
Richard Graff (Editor), Arthur E. Walzer (Editor), Janet M. Atwill
Area: History of Rhetoric and Memory Studies
Notes from Reading Group
•    Communication: classics diminished before
•    What we have is teaching
•    Service discipline?
•    Viability?
o    Preserved for its own sake?
•    Interdisciplinarity
o    Who’s in what department?
•    Prospects of rhetoric
o    What’s the motivation here?
•    Blend Theory
o    Meaning is more interactional
•    How do you reference the past for the present?
•    Why Cicero? Quintilian? Now?
•    Cornel West→forward looking
o    Tradition solves problem
•    Whatever rhetoric—why still teaching?
•    What it means to still be teaching it?
•    Dewey: narrative of time
o    Connecting things up
•    Need for narrative

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