chapter  3
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Rhetoric and English Studies

As has been suggested so far, rhetoric is the discipline that has been the basis for theorizing about communication in public since pre-Athenian days-not the pejorative use of the term in phrases such as “mere rhetoric” or “cant, sophistication, and rhetoric.” The knife-edge nature of the term makes use of it risky. Nevertheless, the risk is worth taking in relation to the future of English as a school and university subject.