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Rhetoric and Kairos: Essays in History, Theory, and Praxis [Paperback]

By Phillip Sipiora (Editor) & James S. Baumlin (Editor)
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The first comprehensive discussion of the history, theory, and praxis of kairos: that is of the role timeliness or right-timing plays in deliberation, speech, and action.

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Studio: State University of New York Press
Pages   258
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.96" Width: 5.92" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.81 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 17, 2002
Publisher   State University of New York Press
Edition  New  
ISBN  0791452344  
ISBN13  9780791452349  

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Phillip Sipiora is Professor and Associate Chair of English at The University of South Florida. He is the coeditor, with Fredric G. Gale and James L. Kinneavy, of Ethical Issues in College Writing.

James S. Baumlin is Professor of English at Southwest Missouri State University. He is the author of John Donne and the Rhetorics of Renaissance Discourse and coeditor, with Tita F. Baumlin, of Ethos: New Essays in Rhetorical and Critical Theory.

Phillip Sipiora has an academic affiliation as follows - University of South Florida.

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A resonant, thoughtful collection  Jan 29, 2003
Sometimes, when reading a collection of essays, I'm left wondering about its organizational principles. Not the case here; Sipiora and Baumlin clearly devoted a great deal of time in the selection and ordering of this material. From the introduction through the first few essays, the definition of kairos is explored--no mean task. The topic itself is evasive, and has too often been ignored, especially in teaching writing, analyzing political culture, and in developing general argumentative abilities.

The collection begins dealing on more "modern" ground with Baumlin and Baumlin's essay which deals with Hamlet. I admit to not having yet read Thompson's essay, "Ralph Waldo Emerson and the American Kairos," because I saw the title of the next and became intrigued. Gregory Mason's "In Praise of Kairos in the Arts" has a beautiful and distinct message about the lack of modern art which resonates and has the ability to transcend time. This essay in particular has the most general appeal, in my opinion, and may actually be a proper starting point for those unfamiliar with kairos in general.

Honestly, this is one of the most useful and enjoyable books I have picked up in a long time, and I look forward to finishing the three essays I skipped. It is the perfect marriage of a good read and an educational one.


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