Rhetoric & Public Affairs
Where to Read
Rhetoric & Public Affairs is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the history, theory, and criticism of public discourse. Arenas of rhetorical investigation might include but are by no means limited to campaigns for social, political, environmental or economic justice; modes of resistance to those campaigns; situated instances of executive leadership; legislative and judicial deliberations; comparative rhetorics; transnational diplomacy; digital circulation and mediation of public discourse; and/or constitution of political and social identities. Critical, analytical, or interpretive essays examining symbolic influences in any historical period (including the contemporary) anywhere in the world are welcome. Of special interest are manuscripts that interrogate dynamics of power and privilege, voice and voicelessness, oppression and resistance as well as axes of identity such as race, gender, sexuality, ability, citizenship, and class, as these take form in concrete rhetorical situations. Moreover, we welcome essays that explore the nexus of rhetoric, politics, and ethics—the worlds of power, persuasion, and social values as they meet in the crucible of public deliberation, debate, and protest.
All manuscripts submitted for publication consideration must be original work that has not been published previously and is not currently under review by any other publication outlet.
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Format reviewed book information like so:
Title in Italics. By Person F. Author. City: Bookworm Press, 2013; pp. xxv + 200, $19.95 cloth; $20.00 paper; $12.00 ebook.
Books for Review
An up-to-date list of books for review is available here.
The newly published works listed on the list represent the exemplary and groundbreaking research being done in rhetoric and public address. Authoring a book review essay is a significant service to the discipline. If you are interested in reviewing a book (the titles listed or others), email R&PA book review editor Dr. E. Johanna Hartelius at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a review copy.
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