Inspired by the Rhetoric Culture Project, this volume focuses on the use of imagery, narrative, and cultural schemes to deal with predicaments that arise during the course of life. The contributors explore how people muster their resources to understand and deal with emergencies such as illness, displacement, or genocide. In dealing with such circumstances, people can develop new rhetorical forms and, in the process, establish new cultural resources for succeeding generations. Several of the contributions show how rhetorical cultural forms can themselves create emergencies. The contributors bring expertise from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology and communications studies, underlining the volume's wider relevance as a reflection on the human condition.
Preface Introduction Michael Carrithers Chapter 1. Internal RhetoricsConstituting Selves in Diaries and Beyond Jean Nienkamp Chapter 2. Story Seeds and the Inchoate Michael Carrithers Chapter 3. Th e Diff use in Testimonies Stevan M. Weine Chapter 4. Medical Rhetoric in the U.S. and Africa: the Oncologists as Charon Megan Biesele Chapter 5. 'As if Goya Was on Hand as a Marksman': Foot and Mouth Disease as a Rhetorical and Cultural Phenomenon Brigitte Nerlich Chapter 6. Th e Palaestral Aspect of Rhetoric F.G. Bailey Chapter 7. Ordeals of Language Ellen B. Basso Chapter 8. Inventions of Hyperbolic Culture Ralph Cintron Chapter 9. Rhetoric in the Moral Order: a Critique of Tropological Approaches to Culture James W. Fernandez Notes on Contributors Index