Special Collection: Rhetorics of 1989

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January 10, 2016 to January 31, 2016
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Subject Fields: 
Communication, Eastern Europe History / Studies, Nationalism History / Studies, Political Science, Russian or Soviet History / Studies


Rhetorics of “1989” and After: Rhetorical Archaeologies of Political Transition
Volume 18, Supplement 1, 2015
Guest Editors:  Cezar M. Ornatowski, San Diego State University and Noemi Marin, Florida Atlantic University



Pragmatically, for most of us, “history” consists perhaps primarily of chronotopes, accumulations of symbols and shorthand associations that invest temporality with meaning: 1776, 1848, the 1960s, 1968, 1989. The chronotope 1968, for instance, consists, for many Americans, of symbols of the hippie movement, images of the Chicago Democratic Convention, the escalation of the Vietnam War. For the French, 1968 means primarily the month of May and the student revolt. For Poles, 1968 signifies March: student demonstrations in Warsaw followed by a paroxysm of official anti-Semitism that forced thousands out of their jobs and even out of the country. For Romanians, 1968 represents the political turn away from Moscow, as Nicolae Ceausescu aligned the country with the West in protest against the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. Each society, regime, generation, perhaps even each locality, group, or family, has its own “time capsules” that to a large extent constitute the shared sense of history. This special issue attempts to unpack and interrogate, from a variety of rhetorical perspectives, the chronotope of 1989—one of the more significant chronotopes that continues to haunt contemporary history and public discourse. It is also intended to serve as one possible time capsule of reflections on the year 1989.


i. Contributors: pp. 1-4

ii. Acknolwdgements: p. 5

1. Introduction: Rhetorics and Revolutions: Or, Why Write About 1989?

Cezar M. Ornatowski and Noemi Marin, pp. 6-12

2. What “1989”? A Rhetorical Rhumb On the Topic of Date

Philippe Joseph Salazar, pp. 13-29

3. From Fish Soup to Fish Tank: Politics, Rhetoric, and the Dialectic of History in the Polish Revolution of 1989

Cezar M. Ornatowski, pp. 30-59

4. Echoes of Berlin 1989: Post-Soviet Discourse and the Rhetoric of National Unity

David Cratis Williams and Marilyn J. Young, pp. 60-86

5. Czech Rhetoric of 1989 and Vaclav Havel

Martina Klicperova-Baker, pp. 87-108

6. Tale of Two Vaclavs: Rhetorical History and the Concept of ‘Return’ in Post-communist Czech Leadership

Timothy Barney, pp. 109-134

7.  National Identity After Communism: Hungary’s Statue Park

Matthew deTar, pp. 135-152

8. Playing It Again in Post-Communism: The Revolutionary Rhetoric of Viktor Orbán in Hungary

Anna Szilágyi and András Bozóki, pp. 153-166

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

Noemi Marin, pp. 167-186

10. Bringing an Earthly Redemption: Slobodan Milosevic and the National Myth of Kosovo

Jason A. Edwards, pp. 187-204

11. The Rhetorical Contour of Pre- and Post-89 China: A Genealogical, Ethical Study

Senkou Chou, pp. 205-226

12. A Rhetoric of Non-Violence: The Dalai Lama’s 1989 Nobel Prize Lecture

Jane Robinett, pp. 227-244

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