Resources in Rhetorical Studies

On this page you will find links to on-site materials in Rhetorical Studies, with an emphasis on Western rhetorical theory and its history. Further down, you will find a short list of links to other sites with information on the study of rhetoric.


Bibliographies in the Study of Rhetoric
A list of bibliographic materials in Rhetorical Studies, divided into three basic categories: Comprehensive Bibliographies, Historical Periods, Individual Topics.
A Bibliography of Bibliographic Materials on Ancient Rhetoric

Journals and Newsletters

Periodicals in Rhetorical Studies
A list of periodicals along with links to reference databases (e.g., FirstSearch, MLA Bibliography).


Defining "Rhetoric"
Is it possible, even desirable, to establish a singular definition of rhetoric? To help in the pursuit of this question, this page provides some basic resources, including dictionary entries, a sample of remarks from work in rhetorical theory and philosophy, and an annotated bibliography of pertinent texts.

Ancient Rhetorical Theory - Bibliographies and Surveys

Bibliographies (in English)
List of Surveys (in English)
Survey of Ancient Rhetoric
(based on F. Nietzsche's "Lecture Notes" [1874])

The Sophists

Gorgias of Leontini - Chronology and Bibliography

Gorgias's "Encomium on Helen" (text of Freeman's English translation)


Gorgias (text of English translation)


"Helen" (text of English translation)


The Rhetorica (text of the 1924 Roberts translation, in a frame-based display for easier navigation)

Key Terms in the Rhetorica

The Relationship of Dialectic and Rhetoric in Aristotle

The Concepts of Syllogism and Enthymeme in Aristotle

Other Sites

Scholarly Societies

The American Society for the History of Rhetoric <<>

The American Society for the History of Rhetoric was organized in 1977 as the American branch of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric. Its purpose is to foster the study of rhetoric in all historical periods in American as well as other cultures. 

ASHR's goal is to promote the study of both the theory and practice of rhetoric in all periods and languages and its relationship with poetics, politics, religion, law and other cultural influences.

The Society sponsors panels of scholarly papers at the annual meetings of the National Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association, and Southern States Communication Association. In addition, it sponsors an independent "Preconference" at the NCA meeting each year. 

Bibliographies and Journal Contents

Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Writing
Maintained by Patricia Bizzell and Bruce Herzberg.

Composition & Rhetoric Bibliographic Database Project
Maintained by Lee Honeycut, Department of English at Iowa State University.

Rhetoric and Philosophy: Bibliography
Maintained by Richard Cherwitz, Department of Speech Communication at the University of Texas at Austin.

Electronic Tekhnes

"Silva Rhetoricae"
A compendium of theoretial concepts and figures of speech, maintained by Gideon O. Burton, Department of English at Brigham Young University

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