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Rhetorical Animals


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Part I: Expanding Boundaries - Internally Chapter 1: Multiple Rhetorical Animals: Motivation and Fairness in a Paradigm of Rhetoric as Emotive Consciousness David Gruber Chapter 2: A Humanimal Rhetorics of Biological Materiality Hayley Zertuche Chapter 3: Let's Listen With Our Feet: Animals, Neurodivergence, Vulnerability, and Haptic Rhetoricity Kelin Loe Chapter 4: Human Boundary Seepage and Bacterial Rhetorics Jennifer Saltmarsh Part II: Expanding Boundaries - Externally Chapter 5: The Biotic Turn in Rhetoric: Ethical Internatural Communication as Suasory Peacebuilding Ellen Gorsevski Chapter 6: Towards an Ethological Rhetoric Dustin Greenwalt Chapter 7: Beyond a Patriarchal Rhetorical Economy: Nonhuman Animals as Agents in Turkic Legends and Political Culture Iklim Goksel Chapter 8: Human, Dolphins, and Other People Alex Parrish Part III: Further Expansion: Cross-Species and Across Cultures Chapter 9: Learning to Howl: An Exercise in Internatural Abduction Emily Plec and Susan Hafen Chapter 10: Touring the Sixth Persona: Dodos and the Rhetorical Effects of Missed Communication Jake Dionne Chapter 11: How Dogs (and Other Nonhuman Animals) Become Interesting) Marilyn Cooper Chapter 12: How to Understand a Parrot's Words and What You Can Learn from Him: Early Indian Writers on Animal Speech Andrea Gutierrez Chapter 13: The Rhetoric of Nonanthropocentric Rhetoric Bjorkdahl, Kristian

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Kristian Bjorkdahl is postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo. Alex C. Parrish is assistant professor of writing, rhetoric, and technical communication at James Madison University.


In the excellent collection Rhetorical Animals, Bjorkdahl and Parrish have collected a range of robust investigations on the persuasive capacities of animals. These chapters expand existing conversations on ethics, rhetorics, and materiality, while pointing to new directions for exploring intra-animal persuasions, human-animal relationships, and the biotic bases for persuasion. Further, the scholars assembled here trouble longstanding assumptions about what rhetoric is, how it functions, and who has access to it, all while being critical and personal in equal measure. -- Ehren Helmut Pflugfelder, Oregon State University

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