Publication Date

2016

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Eubanks, Philip, 1954-

Degree Name

M.A. (Master of Arts)

Department

Department of English

LCSH

Rhetoric--Philosophy||Persuasion (Rhetoric)||English language--Rhetoric

Abstract

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.

Comments

Advisors: Philip Eubanks.||Committee members: Lara Crowley; Bradley Peters.||Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

64 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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NIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.

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