Kjell Lars Berge, Oslo University
Some historical and sociological considerations on the relationship between rhetoric and communication oriented textual sciences.
Kjell Lars Berge (2011) remarks
I have always been fascinated with the rhetorical tradition, and the combination in rhetorical theory and research of a probing descriptive approach to the rhetorical phenomenon on the one side and the normative discussion of the rhetorical practice studied on the other. Still, I do not think rhetoric and rhetoricians have met the theoretical and methodological challenges from the new research traditions focussing on communication, language, utterances, and texts based in a semiotically oriented theoretical framework. In my article I discuss some of these challenges from what I call a “socio-textological” approach. My standpoint is still that this approach would be of value in a discussion of how rhetoric should be positioned in the semiotic sciences.
About this article
- Part of: Scandinavian Studies in Rhetoric. Rhetorica Scandinavica 1997-2010, Kjeldsen & Grue (eds.), Retorikförlaget Publishers 2011.
- Article pp 88–105
- Original Norwegian: “Retorikken & tekstologien”, Rhetorica Scandinavica 6 (1998).
About Kjell Lars Berge
Kjell Lars Berge is Professor of Textual Science at the University of Oslo, and in Literacy at the University of Stavanger. His main interest in rhetoric is related to rhetoric as a general reflection on persuasive meaning making in a society, as well as political rhetoric.