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Title:The rhetoric of restoration: Alexander Campbell and the rhetoric of affect
Author(s):Verkruyse, Peter Allan
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Conley, Thomas M.
Department / Program:Communication
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Religion, History of
Speech Communication
Abstract:This work seeks to demonstrate the extent to which Alexander Campbell operationalized an "affective" philosophy of rhetoric which he acquired from the Scottish universities of the late eighteenth century. A significant figure in nineteenth century American religion, Campbell (1788-1866) thus represents a key link between this particular notion of rhetoric and American religious discourse. After tracing the antecedents of this rhetorical tradition, four significant rhetorical episodes in Campbell's career are subjected to close readings: The Sermon on the Law (1816), a series of four articles from "The Restoration of the Ancient Order of Things" which appeared in The Christian Baptist (1825), his responses to "The Lunenburg Letter" which appeared in The Millennial Harbinger (1837), and The Missionary Cause (1860). These case studies present evidence that Campbell consistently employed this "affective" philosophy of rhetoric in a representative and chronologically diverse selection of his discourse and that such a rhetoric is adversarial in its very essence.
Issue Date:1995
Rights Information:Copyright 1995 Verkruyse, Peter Allan
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9543756
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9543756

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