Rhetorics of Display

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Lawrence J. Prelli
Univ of South Carolina Press, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 443 pages
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Rhetorics of Display is a pathbreaking volume that brings together a distinguished group of scholars to assess an increasingly pervasive form of rhetorical activity. Editor Lawrence J. Prelli notes in his introduction that twenty-first century citizens continually confront displays of information and images, from the verbal images of speeches and literature to visual images of film and photography to exhibits in museums to the arrangement of our homes to the merchandising of consumer goods. The volume provides an integrated, comprehensive study of the processes of selecting what to reveal and what to conceal that together constitute the rhetorics of display. Surveying major historical transformations in the relationship between rhetoric and display, this book also identifies the leading themes in relevant scholarship of the past three decades. Seventeen case studies canvass a representative and diverse range of displays--from body piercing to a civil rights memorial to a Titanic exhibition to imagery found in gambling casinos--and examine the ways that phenomena, persons, places, events, identities, communities, and cultures are exhibited before audiences. Collectively the contributors shed light on rhetorics that are nearly ubiquitous in contemporary communication and culture.
  

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Contents

An Introduction
1
The Verbal Depiction of the Visual
12
Visual and Verbal Sketches of the Famine
66
A Case Study in Rhetorical Taxis
90
The Iconic Photograph from
121
National Park Landscapes and the Rhetorical Display of Civic Religion
141
Budapests Stalin Monument
157
Victoria J Gallagher I
177
Its Showtime Staging Public Demonstrations AlinskyStyle
255
Displays in Liminal Worlds
273
In Memory of the Firefighters
293
Spatial Figurations and the Display of Sexuality
311
Reflections on Mortification
327
Colin Powells Life Story and the Display of a Good Black Persona
344
Televisual Exposures and Concealments
374
Selected Bibliography
399

Death on Display
204
Demonstrations as Rhetorical Display
227
Contributors
421
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Lawrence J. Prelli is an associate professor of communication, chair of the Department of Communication, and an affiliate associate professor in the Department of Natural Resources at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of A Rhetoric of Science: Inventing Scientific Discourse, which received the 1990 Eastern Communication Association's Everett Lee Hunt Award.

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