Rhetoric & Public Affairs

Rhetoric & Public Affairs is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the history, theory, and criticism of public discourse. Published quarterly, the journal explores the traditional arenas of rhetorical investigation including executive leadership, diplomacy, political campaigns, judicial and legislative deliberations, and public policy debate. Critical, analytical, or interpretive essays that examine particular instances of symbolic inducement in any historical period are welcome. Of special interest are manuscripts that explore the nexus of rhetoric, politics, and ethics–the worlds of persuasion, power, and social values as they meet in the crucible of public debate and deliberation.

 Edited by Martin J. Medhurst

Current Issue

Volume 22, Issue 4
Winter 2019

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Rhetoric & Public Affairs is indexed or abstracted in: Academic Search Complete, America: History and Life, ComAbstracts, Communication & Mass Media Complete, Communication Abstracts, CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, Current Abstracts, Dietrich’s Index Philosophicus, International Political Science Abstracts, Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes—und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur (IBZ), Left Index, MLA International Bibliography of Books and Articles on the Modern Languages and Literatures, Peace Research Abstracts, Political Science Complete, ProQuest, Public Affairs Index, SocIndex, and Sociological Abstracts.

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