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Rhetoric in Tooth and Claw: Animals, Language, Sensation

Debra Hawhee


For centuries, since its inception in fact, rhetoric has been conceived of as an exclusively human art. Only humans, after all, could artfully use language, the very definition of rhetoric. And yet pre- and early-modern treatises about rhetoric are crawling with animals of the nonhuman variety. This book examines the enduring presence of nonhuman animals in rhetorical theory and rhetorical education. In doing so, it brings rhetorical studies into ongoing conversations about animals in the humanities while also offering a counter-history of rhetoric and rhetorical education, one that resists th ... More

Keywords: animals, sensation, rhetoric, energy, nonrational rhetoric

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226398174
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226398204.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Debra Hawhee, author
Pennsylvania State University