Edward Schiappa
Professor of Comparative Media Studies | Writing, MIT

Research & CV

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I conduct research in three areas: 

Classical Greek Rhetorical Theory:  My interest is primarily in 5th Century Sophists and the 4th Century "disciplining" of discourse by such figures as Isocrates, Plato, and Aristotle.  I have published four books in this area --
Protagoras & Logos: A Study in Greek Philosophy & Rhetoric; Landmark Essays on Classical Greek Rhetoric; The Beginnings of Rhetorical Theory in Classical Greece; and, with David Timmerman, Classical Greek Rhetorical Theory and the Disciplining of Discourse.  To download a copy of the Afterword to the Second Edition of Protagoras & Logos, click here.

Contemporary Argumentation & Rhetorical Theory:  I am interested in contemporary rhetorical and argumentation theory in general, but in particular I am intensely interested in how we reason and think about definitions and interpretations.  My books in this area include Warranting Assent: Case Studies in Argument Evaluation; Defining Reality: Definitions and the Politics of Meaning; and a textbook on argumentation co-authored with John P. Nordin titled Argumentation: Keeping Faith With Reason.

Comparative Media Studies:  In the past decade, especially, I have become interested in comparing textual analysis and audience reception of popular media texts and practices.  Most of my work in this area is included in Beyond Representational Correctness: Rethinking Criticism of Popular Media.  Along with collaborators Peter Gregg & Dean Hewes, I developed the "Parasocial Contact Hypothesis" that explores how TV and Movies can influence attitudes toward minority populations.  



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