Case Studies in Material Rhetoric: Joseph Priestley and Gilbert Austin

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. These material elements—namely heat, passion, and impression—are tracked through Priestly and Austin's scientific writings, thereby positioning their particular strains of material rhetoric as legacies of philosophical chemistry.

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Work Title Case Studies in Material Rhetoric: Joseph Priestley and Gilbert Austin
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  1. Debra Hawhee
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  1. Rhetorical Criticism
  2. Classical Rhetoric
  3. Materials Science
  4. Oratory
  5. Scientific Discourse
  6. Passion
  7. Literary Rhetoric
  8. Rhetorical Delivery
  9. Gestures
  10. Rhetorical Elocution
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Work Type Article
DOI doi:10.18113/S1H620
Deposited January 28, 2018

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