Rhetoric in Ancient China, Fifth to Third Century B.C.E
A Comparison With Classical Greek Rhetoric
Lu compares Chinese rhetorical perspectives with those of the ancient Greeks, illustrating that the Greeks and the Chinese shared a view of rhetoric as an ethical enterprise and of speech as a rational and psychological activity. The two traditions differed, however, in their rhetorical education, sense of rationality, perceptions of the role of language, approach to the treatment and study of rhetoric, and expression of emotions. Lu also links ancient Chinese rhetorical perspectives with contemporary Chinese interpersonal and political communication behavior and offers suggestions for a multicultural rhetoric that recognizes both culturally specific and transcultural elements of human communication.
"A useful introduction to a wealth of Chinese material of potential interest over a very broad literary, historical, and philosophical range. . . . Many Classicist readers will profit from exposure to this rich material."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review
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