Essay iEssay ii Essay iiiCONTENTSAcknowledgments / vii Introduction:DemocracyandResentment / 1Reimagining the People: From DuasCivitates to E Pluribus Unum to E Unibus Duo / 25The Rise of the Politics of Resentment / 70 The Rhetoric of Violence / 103Conclusion: Resentment Ad Hominemand Ad Ratio: A Plea for Rhetorical Criticism / 144Notes / 163 Bibliography / 183 Index / 199
Jeremy Engels is Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University.
"What is the relationship between rhetoric and violence? Jeremy Engels addresses that question in the aftermath of the 2011 shooting spree that seriously wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed several others. Drawing on wide-ranging scholarship in political theory and American public discourse, he argues that political elites hijack justified popular resentment against oppressive social systems and redirect it against powerless individuals, thereby creating the potential for violence. Provocative in its understanding of democracy, compelling in its case studies of Richard Nixon and Sarah Palin, and challenging in its call for reinvigorated rhetorical criticism, this is a book that makes us think."
-David Zarefsky, former president of the National Communication Association and of the Rhetoric Society of America
-Robert Asen, University of Wisconsin-Madison
-Eric C. Miller, Southern Communication Journal