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“A primary contribution of this scholarly work is that it represents one of the only (if not the only) systematic, book-length studies comparing the public discourse surrounding 9/11, including the public rhetoric of those who expressed moral outrage at the American response to the terrorist attacks. But in addition to this, the book also expertly draws upon and synthesizes a wide range of psychological, philosophical, and rhetorical theories of, and perspectives on, emotion (and the emerging term, affect), up to and including the ‘new realism/materialism.’ Professor Condit’s book is important, too, because her overall approach to angry rhetoric informs even more recent public displays of angry rhetoric, as they have been associated with responses to numerous ‘home-grown’ terrorist attacks since 9/11 and with the so-called discontent that contributed to the 2016 presidential election.”
—Kenneth Zagacki, North Carolina State University
“In this important book about debilitating and violent entailments of anger in public rhetoric, I am intrigued mostly by Celeste Condit’s reflections on the possibilities of deploying our constructive symbolic capacity to overcome anger’s ‘narrowing forces.’ The book inclines toward a pragmatic vision of democratic deliberation in multiple global forums.”
—Robert L. Ivie, Indiana University, Bloomington
“With Angry Public Rhetorics, Celeste Condit shows what transdisciplinary research can do. What emerges in these pages is an account of anger as it burns through global public discourse, soldering people together with its energy, its heat, and—perhaps surprisingly, as Condit shows—its optimism. This book could not be more timely.”
—Debra Hawhee, McCourtney Institute for Democracy
“Angry Public Rhetorics is interesting, well-done analytically, and addresses important questions surrounding both post-9/11 American politics and the politics of global emotions more generally. The book offers new insights regarding the dynamics and implications of anger to make a fine contribution.”
—Ty Solomon, University of Glasgow