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Rhetorical Style: The Uses of Language in Persuasion

Jeanne Fahnestock


Rhetorical Style promotes a renewed appreciation of the persuasive potential of the English language by demonstrating how language choices argue. It combines advice about effective style from the rhetorical tradition with insights from stylistics and discourse analysis to provide a full spectrum of methods for text analysis. Using examples from political speeches, nonfiction works, and newspaper reports, it emphasizes the continuing relevance of rhetorical principles of stylistic analysis and their usefulness in understanding effective arguments. Rhetorical Style is comprehensive ... More

Keywords: style, rhetoric, argument, persuasion, figures of speech, language, writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199764129
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764129.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeanne Fahnestock, author
University of Maryland