Readings and Resources

This list is not exhaustive by any means, but we feel these are the best texts on rhetoric for those who want to enhance their understanding of and propensity for mutual persuasion.

Ancient Rhetoric

Anonymous, Rhetorica Ad Herennium

Aristotle, On Rhetoric

Buddha, The Lotus Sutra, (Chapters 2, 3, and 7)

Isocrates, Against the Sophists

Longinus, On the Sublime

Plato, Phaedrus

Pre-Modern Rhetoric

Augustine, City of God

Bacon, Francis, The Advancement of Learning

Modern Rhetoric

Locke, John, Essay Concerning Human Understanding

Nietzsche, Friedrich, “On Truth and Lies in a Non-Moral Sense

Nietzsche, Friedrich, The Gay Science

Peirce, Charles, “How to Make Our Ideas Clear

Contemporary Rhetoric

Anzaldua, Gloria, Borderlands/La Frontera

Molefi Kente Asante, The Afrocentric Ideal

Baldwin, James, “If Black English Isn’t English, Then Tell Me, What Is?

Barthes, Roland, Mythologies

Berlin, James, Rhetoric, Poetics, and Culture

Burke, Kenneth, Language as Symbolic Action

Burke, Kenneth, Grammar of Motives

Burke, Kenneth, Rhetoric of Motives

Booth, Wayne, The Rhetoric of Rhetoric

Orwell, George, “Politics and the English Language

Ramage, John D. Rhetoric: A User’s guide.

Fahnestock, Jeanne, and Marie Secor. “The stases in scientific and literary argument.”