• Rhetorical Crossings of 1989: Communist Space, Arguments by Definition, and Discourse of National Identity Twenty-Five Years Later

    Author(s):
    Noemi Marin (see profile)
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    LLC Romanian, LLC Slavic and East European, RCWS History and Theory of Rhetoric
    Subject(s):
    Rhetorical history, Communism, Romanian culture, Romania
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Classical rhetoric History of rhetoric
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M65D8ND9F
    Abstract:
    The Romanian political scene at the end of 1989 calls for a critical rhetorical perspective to understand how totalitarian politics clash with revolutionary changes and how communist space, so ambitiously crafted to cover an entire country’s public sphere, influences, if at all, a free(d) discourse on national unity. Examining official discourse on the cusp of revolutionary changes in Romania, in December 1989, this study argues that the concept of rhetorical space along with the enthymematic argument by definition of “we the nation” capture rhetoric in action, showing complex discursive crossings that legitimize the relationship between rhetoric and history at such times. Thus, the relationship between rhetorical space and the “we the nation” political argument, when applied to Romanian political discourse of 1989, reveals challenges that continue to feature the unsettledness of postcommunist discourse twenty-five years later.
    Notes:
    This is part of a unique collection on the Year 1989 and its Rhetorical changes, published in Advances in the History of Rhetoric as a special issue, Vol. 18.1, 2015 Routledge
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