The Routledge Handbook of Comparative World Rhetorics offers a broad and comprehensive understanding of comparative or world rhetoric, from ancient times to the modern day. Bringing together an international team of established and emergent scholars, this Handbook looks beyond Greco-Roman traditions in the study of rhetoric to provide an international, cross-cultural study of communication practices around the globe.

With dedicated sections covering theory and practice, history, pedagogy, hybrids and the modern context, this extensive collection will provide the reader with a solid understanding of:

  • how comparative rhetoric evolved
  • how it re-defines and expands the field of rhetorical studies
  • what it contributes to our understanding of human communication
  • its implications for the advancement of related fields, such as composition, technology, language studies, and literacy.

In a world where understanding how people communicate, argue, and persuade is as important as understanding their languages, The Routledge Handbook of Comparative World Rhetorics is an essential resource for scholars and students of communication, composition, rhetoric, cultural studies, cultural rhetoric, cross-cultural studies, transnational studies, translingual studies, and languages.

chapter 1|11 pages

Comparative World Rhetorics

The What and How
ByKeith Lloyd

part I|62 pages

What Is Comparative (World) Rhetoric(s)?

chapter 2|19 pages

Redefining Comparative Rhetoric

Essence, Facts, Events
ByLuMing Mao

chapter 3|15 pages

The Intersection Between Intercultural Communication and Comparative Rhetoric Studies

A Review and Case Studies
ByXing Lu

chapter 4|9 pages

What Is “Jewish Rhetoric”?

Issues of Faiths, Philology, Diasporas, Nationalities, Assimilations, Resistance: A Case Study
BySteven B. Katz

chapter 5|9 pages

Rhetorical Histories of Comparison

An Archeology of the Comparative Act
ByLance Cummings

chapter 6|8 pages

Rhetoric Out of Context

The Challenge of Contemplative Rhetoric
ByJoshua DiCaglio

part II|118 pages


chapter 7|9 pages

Confucian Deliberation

A Rational Reconstruction of Themes in the Analects
ByArabella Lyon

chapter 8|10 pages

From Oratory to Writing

An Overview of Chinese Classical Rhetoric (500 BCE–220 CE)
ByHui Wu

chapter 9|10 pages

Was There an Art of (Asiatic) Rhetoric at Halicarnassus

A Plea for Rediscovering the Lost Centers of Classical Rhetoric
ByRichard Leo Enos

chapter 12|8 pages

“Hadassah, That Is Esther”

Diasporic Rhetoric in the Book of Esther
ByEliza Gellis

chapter 13|10 pages

Foundations in Vedic Rhetorical Culture

Approaching Mokṣa Analogically
ByAnne Melfi

chapter 14|11 pages

Epistolary Rhetoric

ByRasha Diab

chapter 15|9 pages

Through the Magic Glass of Sufism

Studying Orientalism in Sufism
ByEda Özyeşilpinar, Firasat Jabeen

chapter 16|9 pages

Rhetorical Comparison of Hindu God Krishna and Plato

Towards Exploring Hindu Rhetoric and Greek Rhetoric
BySweta Baniya

chapter 17|12 pages

Hair-Splitting Critics and Pair-Splitting Circumstances

The Persuasive Role of Stylistic Ornaments in Aśvaghoṣa’s Saundarananda
ByElizabeth Thornton

chapter 18|8 pages

Yuğ Ceremony in the Steppe

Rhetorics of Grief in Turkic Community Formations
ByIklim Goksel

part III|45 pages

Contemporary Comparative Studies

chapter 19|11 pages

“I Have No Mother Tongue”

(Re)Conceptualizing Rhetorical Voice in Indonesia
ByAmber Engelson

chapter 20|10 pages

Comparative Rhetorical Approach to Chinese Expository Paragraphs

ByDonghong Liu

chapter 21|10 pages


A Closer Look at an African Concept of Community and Life
ByLeonora Anyango-Kivuva

chapter 22|12 pages

“You Know You’re Filipino When”

Nostalgic Tropes of Filipinoness in YouTube Videos by Second-Generation Filipino Americans
ByDaphne-Tatiana T. Canlas (Data)

part IV|76 pages


chapter 23|9 pages

Modern Holism

The Hybrid Rhetorics of Insight Meditation
ByTyler Carter

chapter 24|9 pages

Usable Presents

Hybridity in/for Postcolonial African Rhetorics
ByStephen Kwame Dadugblor

chapter 25|9 pages

The Study of Rhetoric in Japan

A Survey of Rhetorical Research From the Late Nineteenth Century to the Present
ByMassimiliano Tomasi

chapter 26|9 pages

Recontextualizing Comparative Rhetoric

ByMichelle Zaleski

chapter 28|10 pages

New Materialist Orientations to Comparative Historiographical Methods

Places of Invention and Public Memory In Situ
ByErin Cromer Twal

chapter 30|9 pages

A Feminist Praxis of Comparative Rhetoric

ByMari Lee Mifsud

part V|48 pages

Applying and Promoting Comparative Pedagogies

chapter 31|14 pages

Bringing Comparative Methodologies Into the US-Centric Major

Examining “Technology” and “Text” for Cross-Cultural Learning in English Studies
ByTarez Samra Graban, Meghan M. Velez

chapter 32|9 pages

Cultivating Transnational Thinking Through World Rhetorics

ByXiaoye You

chapter 33|13 pages

Enacting Comparative Pedagogies as Common Topics

ByHua Zhu, Yebing Zhao

chapter 34|10 pages

Teaching World Rhetorics

Promoting Pedagogy and Addressing Politics
ByShyam Sharma

part VI|59 pages

New Directions

chapter 36|8 pages

Using Bridging Rhetoric for Deliberative Dissent

Some Insights From India
ByKeith Lloyd

chapter 37|4 pages

Doing Rhetoric Elsewhere

Chicanx Indigeneities, Colonial Peripheries, and the Underside of Written Communication
ByDamián Baca

chapter 38|18 pages

Comparative Balāghah

Arabic and Ancient Egyptian Literary Rhetoric Through the Lens of Post-Eurocentric Poetics
ByHany Rashwan

chapter 39|10 pages

Singing “Nan Yar?”

The Ecstatic Transmissions of Avudai Akkal and the Awakening of Ramana Maharshi
ByTrey Conner, Richard Doyle

chapter 40|8 pages

Preliminary Steps Towards a General Rhetoric

Existence, Thrivation, Transformation
ByThomas Rickert