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Commonplace Witnessing: Rhetorical Invention, Historical Remembrance, and Public Culture

Bradford Vivian

Abstract

Commonplace Witnessing examines how citizens, politicians, and civic institutions have adopted idioms of witnessing in recent decades to serve a variety of social, political, and moral ends. It does so by exploring the rhetoric of witnessing in especially influential idiomatic forms, including survivor testimony, popular memoirs, political speech, civic memorials, and public rituals of forgiveness. The book thus argues that witnessing now constitutes a prevalent mode of address in which many different subjects participate, and not only individuals who possess extraordinary historical experienc ... More

Keywords: Witnessing, Rhetoric, Rhetorical Invention, Historical Remembrance, Modern Public Culture, Late Modern Public Culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190611088
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190611088.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bradford Vivian, author
Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State University

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