Rethinking Rhetorical Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy: The Living Art of Michael C. Leff offers answers to these questions by introducing the central insights of one of the most innovative and prolific rhetoricians of the twentieth century, Michael C. Leff. This volume charts Leff ’s decades-long development as a scholar, revealing both the variety of topics and the approach that marked his oeuvre, as well as his long-standing critique of the disciplinary assumptions of classical, Hellenistic, renaissance, modern, and postmodern rhetoric.
Rethinking Rhetorical Theory, Criticism, and Pedagogy includes a synoptic introduction to the evolution of Leff ’s thought from his time as a graduate student in the late 1960s to his death in 2010, as well as specific commentary on twenty-four of his most illuminating essays and lectures.
John Angus Campbell is professor emeritus in the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis.
“Featuring both canonical essays and lesser-known works, this book brings together studies demonstrating the sweep and depth of Leff’s distinguished scholarship. It reminds us how much rhetorical studies have been enriched by the commitment, insight, and passion of this remarkable man.”
—David Zarefsky, Owen L. Coon Professor Emeritus of Argumentation and Debate, professor emeritus of Communication
“This remarkable collection brings together for the first time much of Michael C. Leff’s lifetime body of work in rhetorical studies. With all their revisionary richness and originality of thought, Leff’s essays continue to have direct relevance to the most significant disciplinary debates in communication and English as well as to ongoing interdisciplinary discussions in critical theory and cultural studies throughout the human sciences.”
—Steven Mailloux, President’s Professor of Rhetoric, Loyola Marymount University