Environmental Melodrama

@article{Schwarze2006EnvironmentalM,
  title={Environmental Melodrama},
  author={Steve Schwarze},
  journal={Quarterly Journal of Speech},
  year={2006},
  volume={92},
  pages={239 - 261}
}
Rhetorical scholarship criticizes melodrama for its tendency to simplify and reify public controversies and valorizes the comic frame as an ethically superior mode of rhetoric. These judgments are rooted in the discipline's reliance on Burkean categories, a reductionist conception of melodrama, and an implicit assumption that social unification should be the telos of rhetoric. In response, this essay advances a concept of melodrama as an integrated set of rhetorical appeals. It uses examples of… Expand
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