Eubanks, Philip, 1954-
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of English
Rhetoric--Philosophy; Persuasion (Rhetoric); English language--Rhetoric
This thesis examines rhetorical situation theory. Drawing upon previous literature ranging from the original Bitzer-Vatz-(Consigny) debate through recent genre studies on rhetorical situation, I present a modified version of rhetorical situation theory in light of the common ideas, disputes, strengths, and limitations of earlier works. I begin with a review of important literature in Chapter Two in order to illustrate both the similarities and differences in other theories. Then, in Chapter Three, I discuss the importance of audience, particularly fictional audiences, to the rhetorical situation. I present a modified version of rhetorical situation theory in Chapter Four and illustrate the rhetorical situation by discussing examples in Chapter Five. I also offer a universal example for rhetorical situations, one that is not designed to support any theory in particular.
Durian, Erica Leigh, "The rhetor's audience is also a fiction : a unified theory of rhetorical situation and a universal example" (2016). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 6226.
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