This volume presents some of the best essays yet published on rhetoric and the environment. The collection should appeal to an interdisciplinary audience, including those interested in rhetoric, especially rhetoric of science and/or the environment, environmental studies, and modern American history studies. It should be appropriate for use in graduate or upper-division undergraduate courses in any of these areas as well as by scholars working in these areas.
With the exception of the first and last chapters -- which serve to frame the rest of the collection -- the essays are arranged chronologically by the date of the events, texts, or developments they analyze. In this way, the volume can more easily complement or be complemented by such histories of the American environmental movement as those of Fox, Hays, and Shabecoff. The editor's introduction describes his exhaustive selection procedures, provides a brief summary of each of the 11 essays, and suggests directions for further research.
Table of Contents
Contents: C. Waddell, Introduction. ESSAYS. R. Cox, The Die Is Cast: Topical and Ontological Dimensions of the Locus of the Irreparable (1982). C. Oravec, Conservationism vs. Preservationism: The "Public Interest" in the Hetch Hetchy Controversy (1984). J. Killingsworth, J.S. Palmer, The Discourse of "Environmentalist Hysteria" (1995). C. Waddell, Perils of a Modern Cassandra: Rhetorical Aspects of Public Indifference to the Population Explosion (1994). T.B. Farrell, G.T. Goodnight, Accidental Rhetoric: The Root Metaphors of Three Mile Island (1981). B. Short, Earth First! and the Rhetoric of Moral Confrontation (1991). J.I. Lange, The Logic of Competing Information Campaigns: Conflict Over Old Growth and the Spotted Owl (1993). M.P. Moore, Constructing Irreconcilable Conflict: The Function of Synecdoche in the Spotted Owl Controversy (1993). T.R. Peterson, C.C. Horton, Rooted in the Soil: How Understanding the Perspectives of Landowners Can Enhance the Management of Environmental Disputes (1995). P. Brick, Determined Opposition: The Wise Use Movement Challenges Environmentalism (1995). M. Bruner, M. Oelschlaeger, Rhetoric, Environmentalism, and Environmental Ethics (1994).
"...genuinely insightful essays...Perhaps the best is Mark P. Moore's 'Constructing Irreconcilable Conflict: The Function of Synecdoche in the Spotted Owl Controversy.' Moore's essay gives us a glimpse of the true shaping power of rhetoric in environmental issues and guides us to a more enlightened application of it."
"Landmark Essays on Rhetoric and the Environment provides important comparative tools for studying environmental politics."
"The eleven essays reprinted in this collection map the ecotone where rhetoric and environmental politics meet. Though individual essays resist easy classification, the collection reveals important focuses of work in this sub-field. This collection provides an excellent introduction to rhetorical studies of environmental policy debates."
"Landmark Essays on Rhetoric and the Environment makes a fine companion text for a variety of curricula such as science communication, environmental communication, rhetoric, or modern American political history. Craig Waddell has succeeded in providing a wide variety of approaches and topics an din selecting, without exception, well-written articles that work together....In his introduction, Waddell identifies ten areas in need of further research, opening wide the doors for future scholars of environmental communication."
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