Inasmuch as drama seeks to keep an audience engaged, it takes on rhetorical qualities; likewise, rhetorical endeavour may employ dramatic appeal. Centuries ago, Aristotle's companion pieces ""The Rhetoric"" and ""The Poetic"" generated crosscurrents of critical thought about rhetoric and dramatic theory. Recently, such critic-theorists as Kenneth Burke, Ernest Bormann, Elder Olson, Paul de Man and others have stirred up these currents afresh. The contributors to this volume take new approaches to enduring issues.
Part 1 Rhetorical Dimensions to the Drama - the Classical Context: Enthymeme and the Invention of Troping in Greek Drama, August W. Staub; Theorizing the Spectacle - a Rhetorical Analysis of Tragic Recognition, Tom Heeney; Exile and the Kingdom - Reason as Nightmare in the Aeschylean Vision, John Arthos. Part 2 The Rhetorical in Renaissance and Neoclassical Drama: Epideictic Pastoral - Rhetorical Tensions in the Staging of Torquato Tasso's ""Aminta"", Maria Galli Stampino; Shakespeare's Rhetoric Versus the Ideology of Ian McKellen's ""Richard III"", George L. Geckle; And Now for Application - ""Venice Preserv'd"" and the Rhetoric of Textual Application, Odai Johnson. Part 3 War, Politics and the Drama: Federalist and Republican Theatre in the 1790s, Steve Wilmer; ""Uncle Tom's Cabin"" and the Rhetoric of Gradualism, Charles Wilbanks; Dario Fo's Angry Farce, Stanley Vincent Longman. Part 4 Contemporary Culture: Stain Upon the Silence - Samuel Beckett's Deconstructive Inventions, Leigh Anne Howard; Still Angry After All These Years - Performing the Language of HIV and the Marked Body in ""The Normal Heart"" and ""The Destiny of Me"", Peter Michael Pober.