Jewish Rhetorics

History, Theory, Practice

Edited by Michael Bernard-Donals and Janice W. Fernheimer

This volume, the first of its kind, establishes and clarifies the significance of Jewish rhetorics as its own field and as a field within rhetoric studies. Diverse essays illuminate and complicate the editors’ definition of a Jewish rhetorical stance as allowing speakers to maintain a “resolute sense of engagement” with their fellows and their community, while also remaining aware of the dislocation from the members of those communities. Topics include the historical and theoretical foundations of Jewish rhetorics; cultural variants and modes of cultural expression; and intersections with Greco-Roman, Christian, Islamic, and contemporary rhetorical theory and practice. In addition, the contributors examine gender and Yiddish, and evaluate the actual and potential effect of Jewish rhetorics on contemporary scholarship and on the ways we understand and teach language and writing. The contributors include some of the world’s leading scholars of rhetoric, writing, and Jewish studies.

Cover Image of Jewish Rhetorics: History
E-book: $39.99
ISBN-13: 9781611686418
Pages: 312 | Size: 6 in. x 9 in.
Date Published: December 2, 2014

About the Author

MICHAEL BERNARD-DONALS is Nancy C. Hoefs professor of English and the director of the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. JANICE W. FERNHEIMER is associate professor of writing, rhetoric, and digital studies and director of Jewish studies at the University of Kentucky.

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