Case studies in material rhetoric: Joseph Priestley and Gilbert Austin

Debra Hawhee, Cory Holding

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This essay offers "material rhetoric" as a new addition to the usual list of categories used to describe rhetoric in the eighteenth century (neoclassical, belletristic, elocutionary, epistemological/psychological) by examining the material elements of treatises written by Joseph Priestley and Gilbert Austin. Those material elements - namely heat, passion, and impression - are tracked through Priestley and Austin's scientific writings, thereby positioning their particular strains of material rhetoric as legacies of philosophical chemistry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-289
Number of pages29
JournalRhetorica - Journal of the History of Rhetoric
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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