Revolution Lullabye

February 17, 2008

Dasenbrock, Reed Way. “J.L. Austin and the Articulation of a New Rhetoric.”

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Dasenbrock, Reed Way. “J.L. Austin and the Articulation of a New Rhetoric.” CCC 38:3 (Oct 1987): 291-305.

Dasenbrock asserts that the foundation for the creation of New Rhetoric lies in the work of J.L. Austin, a philosopher of language who is credited for speech-act theory. He explains Austin’s speech-act theory, which is based in the belief that language is a mode for acting in the world, not of reflecting it. Austin’s theories defend rhetoric from attacks that it is only concerned with persuasion and tropes and show that it is possible to construct a New Rhetoric that more accurately reflects the rhetorical needs of the modern world.   

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