Rhetoric & Public Affairs

Rhetoric & Public Affairs 5.1, Spring 2002

Articles

    Kraig, Robert Alexander.
  • The Tragic Science: The Uses of Jimmy Carter in Foreign Policy Realism
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    Subject Headings:
    • Carter, Jimmy, 1924- -- Contributions in international relations.
    • United States -- Foreign relations -- Philosophy.
    Abstract:
      Since the end of the Cold War, there have been a growing number of attempts to reassess political realism—the dominant paradigm of international relations in the United States since World War II. This article seeks to shed light on the possibility of a paradigm shift by assessing the rhetoric the realists used to head off the last serious challenge to their hegemony over American foreign policy thought and practice—Jimmy Carter's human rights policy. The narrative of Carter's failed foreign policy, as constructed by a wide range of international relations theorists and historians, has the generic constituents of a tragedy. The realist account of Carter reveals the paradigm's rhetorical strength, its resistance to other perspectives, and its stark philosophical implications for the possibility of a more humane world order.
    Bostdorff, Denise M., 1959-
  • The Evolution of a Diplomatic Surprise: Richard M. Nixon's Rhetoric on China, 1952-July 15, 1971
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    Subject Headings:
    • Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-
    • Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 1945-
    • United States -- Foreign relations -- China.
    Abstract:
      Although Nixon provided numerous signals of an impending policy change, most listeners were surprised when he announced that he would visit China. This essay traces the themes of Nixon's discourse over time to explain the evolution of his policy reversal. Moreover, the essay sheds light on the characteristics of Nixon's messages that may have led so many listeners to be surprised.
    Hoffman, Karen S.
  • "Going Public" in the Nineteenth Century: Grover Cleveland's Repeal of the Sherman Silver Purchase Act
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    Subject Headings:
    • Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908 -- Contributions in rhetoric.
    • Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
    • United States. Sherman Silver Purchase Act.
    Abstract:
      Political scientists typically view the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as the age of the rhetorical presidency. Grover Cleveland's experience with the Sherman Silver Purchase Act demonstrates not only that earlier presidents successfully wooed the public, but also that the understanding of rhetoric put forth by scholars such as Jeffrey K. Tulis, Samuel Kernell, and James Ceaser is extremely limiting. Expanding the notion of rhetoric to include all persuasive behavior offers a means for those who study the presidency to understand presidential rhetoric as a function of the structure of the executive—a constitutive aspect of the office rather than an aberrant behavior.
    Beasley, Vanessa B.
  • Engendering Democratic Change: How Three U.S. Presidents Discussed Female Suffrage
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    Subject Headings:
    • Women -- Suffrage -- United States.
    • Presidents -- United States -- Messages.
    • Rhetoric -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
    Abstract:
      Although the history of democratic change in the United States has largely been read through its constitutive debates, here I suggest that we might also explore how such changes have been explained by political elites. Using the years immediately surrounding the 1920 female suffrage victory as a case study, this essay asks when and how Presidents Wilson, Harding, and Coolidge discussed U.S. women's transformation from citizens to voters within particular texts.
    Anderson, Karrin Vasby.
  • From Spouses to Candidates: Hillary Rodham Clinton, Elizabeth Dole, and the Gendered Office of U.S. President
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    Subject Headings:
    • Clinton, Hillary Rodham.
    • Dole, Elizabeth Hanford.
    • Women political candidates -- United States.
    Abstract:
      This essay examines media coverage and candidate rhetoric of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Elizabeth Dole during their 2000 political campaigns. Although gender was emphasized when Clinton was first lady, it became the tacit subtext of her run for the U.S. Senate, and Clinton's male opponents arguably were more disadvantaged by gender stereotypes than she was in that particular campaign. In contrast, Dole's gender was foregrounded in media portrayals of her bid for the Republican presidential nomination, making it harder for voters to imagine her as president. This study underscores the fact that although women are making strides in other realms of public governance, the U.S. presidency remains a bastion of masculinity.

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Book Reviews

Review Essay

    Lewis, William.
  • "In a Field of Pain and Death": Law/Rhetoric/History/Culture
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    Subject Headings:
    • Halttunen, Karen, 1951- Murder most foul: the killer in the American Gothic imagination.
    • Sarat, Austin, ed. History, memory, and the law.
    • Kearns, Thomas R., ed.
    • Amsterdam, Anthony G. Minding the law.
    • Bruner, Jerome S. (Jerome Seymour)
    • Murder -- United States -- History.
    • Law -- United States -- History.

Reviews

    Beasley, Vanessa B.
  • Whispered Consolations: Law and Narrative in African American Life (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Suggs, Jon Christian, 1940- Whispered consolations: law and narrative in African American life.
    • African Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc.
    Wills, Caitlin M.
  • And No Birds Sing: Rhetorical Analyses of Silent Spring (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Waddell, Craig, ed. And no birds sing: rhetorical analyses of Rachel Carson's Silent spring.
    • Carson, Rachel, 1907-1964. Silent spring.
    Houck, Davis W.
  • Selling the Free Market: The Rhetoric of Economic Correctness (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Aune, James Arnt. Selling the free market: the rhetoric of economic correctness.
    • Free enterprise -- United States.
    Ryan, Halford Ross.
  • Rhetoric as Currency: Hoover, Roosevelt, and the Great Depression (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Houck, Davis W. Rhetoric as currency: Hoover, Roosevelt, and the Great Depression.
    • Communication in politics -- United States.
    Spitzer, Robert J., 1953-
  • Presidents as Candidates: Inside the White House for the Presidential Campaign (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Tenpas, Kathryn Dunn. Presidents as candidates: inside the White House for the presidential campaign.
    • Presidents -- United States -- Election.
    LeLoup, Lance T.
  • Presidential Transitions: From Politics to Practice (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Burke, John P., 1953- Presidential transitions: from politics to practice.
    • Presidents -- United States -- Transition periods.
    Rohler, Lloyd Earl, 1945-
  • In His Own Right: The Political Odyssey of Senator Robert F. Kennedy (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Palermo, Joseph A. In his own right: the political odyssey of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
    • Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968.
    Daynes, Byron W.
  • Politics and Constitutionalism: The Louis Fisher Connection (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Spitzer, Robert J., 1953-, ed. Politics and constitutionalism: the Louis Fisher connection.
    • Constitutional law -- United States.
    Morrow, Terence S.
  • Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Ellis, Joseph J. Founding brothers: the revolutionary generation.
    • Statesmen -- United States -- Biography -- Anecdotes.
    Franklin, Daniel P.
  • Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Divine, Robert A. Perpetual war for perpetual peace.
    • United States -- History, Military -- 20th century.
    Semati, M. Mehdi.
  • Broadcasting Freedom: The Cold War Triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Puddington, Arch. Broadcasting freedom: the Cold War triumph of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.
    • Radio Free Europe -- History.
    Smith, Greg M., 1962-
  • Haunted Media: Electronic Presence from Telegraphy to Television (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Sconce, Jeffrey, 1962- Haunted media: electronic presence from telegraphy to television.
    • Mass media -- Technological innovations -- History.
    Borisoff, Deborah.
  • The Rhetoric of Midwifery: Gender, Knowledge, and Power (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lay, Mary M. Rhetoric of midwifery: gender, knowledge, and power.
    • Midwifery -- Minnesota.
    Ono, Kent A., 1964-
  • Proceed with Caution, When Engaged by Minority Writing in the Americas (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Sommer, Doris, 1947- Proceed with caution, when engaged by minority writing in the Americas.
    • Spanish American literature -- Minority authors -- History and criticism.
    Lager, Grace.
  • Posing a Threat: Flappers, Chorus Girls, and Other Brazen Performers of the American 1920s (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Latham, Angela J. Posing a threat: flappers, chorus girls, and other brazen performers of the American 1920s.
    • Women -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
    Troup, Calvin L., 1961-
  • Communicating for Life: Christian Stewardship in Community and Media (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Schultze, Quentin J. (Quentin James), 1952- Communicating for life: Christian stewardship in community and media.
    • Communication -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.



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