“Why are reporters constantly tempted to predict—or even to declare—election results before people even vote? In this fascinating book, Jarvis and Han identify a growing attitude of dismissiveness that echoes academic research on easily manipulated citizens and reinforces the public’s cynicism about democracy. They show that this condescension has serious consequences. The authors’ analytical rigor is matched by their respect and concern for everyday people: a rare and worthy combination.”—Peter Levine, author of We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America
“This is an impressive first book: well researched, carefully argued, and engagingly written. Hill posits ‘technological rhetoric’ as an original, interdisciplinary perspective on Technē’s Paradox. Grounded in thorough readings of rhetorical critique as well as science and technology studies, his longitudinal study of ‘machine rhetoric’ warrants attention both for the cases examined—from Malthus to the Unabomber—and for the individual and collective insights the analysis yields.”—David Henry, Sanford Berman Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
“John Oddo provides a much-needed theoretical update to the concept of propaganda. Central to his theory is recognition that propaganda involves an intertextual process that allows it to propagate—both vertically and horizontally—throughout society. His book provides valuable insights into the mechanisms of this propagation, showing how even unwitting actors contribute to its circulation. The discussion holds important implications for how we might immunize democratic discourse from the harms of manipulative rhetoric.”—Adam Hodges, author of The “War on Terror” Narrative
“There’s a lot going on in award-winning graphic journalist Olivier Kugler’s narrative drawings of Syrian refugees. His subjects appear multiple times on a given page—a portrait, front and center, anchors the layout, but he draws his figures elsewhere, too, working or walking in the backdrop. Handwritten annotations are scrawled along the margins, and numbered sections help guide the reader. The tone of these multipage profiles mirrors the frenzied, lesser covered refugee camps where Kugler interviews Syrians who have been fleeing their native country for seven years.”
Read more about Escaping Wars and Waves, the latest title in our Graphic Medicine series, at Hyperallergic.
Each month we’re highlighting a book available through PSU Press Unlocked, an open-access initiative featuring scholarly digital books and journals in the humanities and social sciences. This month’s pick: Literary Obscenities, part of our Refiguring Modernism series.
“This comparative historical study explores the broad sociocultural factors at play in the relationships among U.S. obscenity laws and literary modernism and naturalism in the early twentieth century. Putting obscenity case law’s crisis of legitimation and modernism’s crisis of representation into dialogue, Erik Bachman shows how. . . ” (more)
Philosophy and Rhetoric article included inBest of the Journals in Rhetoric and Composition 2017
“Seeming and Being in the ‘Cosmetics’ of Sophistry: The Infamous Analogy of Plato’s Gorgias” by Robin Reames (University of Illinois at Chicago) was selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of Best of the Journals in Rhetoric and Composition (Parlor Press).
Best of the Journals in Rhetoric and Composition 2017 represents the result of a nationwide conversation—beginning with journal editors, but expanding to teachers, scholars, and workers across the discipline of Rhetoric and Composition—to select essays that showcase the innovative and transformative work now being published in the field’s independent journals.
“Seeming and Being in the ‘Cosmetics’ of Sophistry” was originally published in Philosophy and Rhetoric 49:1 (2016), and will be free to read on JSTOR until December 17, 2018.
Ecumenica has launched on JSTOR!
Check out back content from Ecumenica (volumes 1–11), now available onJSTOR.
Ecumenica: Performance and Religion attends to the combination of creativity, religion, and spirituality in expressive practice. A peer-reviewed journal, Ecumenica regards performance and religion as overlapping and often mutually-constituting categories, preferring no particular form of creative expression, and privileging no particular religious tradition. The journal’s very aim is to consider the variety of modes in which creative and religious impulses might be realized.
This grammar provides a comprehensive overview of Middle Egyptian and illustrates its grammatical features with extensive examples from various sources. Exercises at the end of each chapter, along with a sign list and a hieroglyphic word list, provide the reader with the means to apply and practice the content, enabling this book to be used as both a grammar reference and a textbook. . . . (more)
Eisenbrauns is restarting their 10-day sales with an assortment of titles that are usually used as textbooks and references—all at 40% off. The title pictured here, Before the Muses, has never been discounted this deeply before! Use coupon code ES1810 to receive the 40% discount. Click here to go to the sale!
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