Chapter 13. Analyzing Constitutive Rhetorics

The Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions and the “Principles of '98”

  1. Shawn J. Parry-Giles Professor Director3 and
  2. J. Michael Hogan PhD Professor scholarly advisor4
  1. James Jasinski Professor1 and
  2. Jennifer R. Mercieca Associate Professor2

Published Online: 5 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324105.ch13

The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address

The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address

How to Cite

Jasinski, J. and Mercieca, J. R. (2010) Analyzing Constitutive Rhetorics, in The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address (eds S. J. Parry-Giles and J. M. Hogan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324105.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Maryland, USA

  2. 4

    Pennsylvania State University, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Puget Sound, USA

  2. 2

    Texas A&M University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405178136

Online ISBN: 9781444324105



  • analyzing constitutive rhetorics - the Virginia and Kentucky resolutions and “principles of '98”;
  • “The Literary Criticism of Oratory,” Herbert Wichelns contrasting avocations of literary and rhetorical criticism;
  • constitutive framework - for rhetorical criticism and public address scholarship;
  • constitutive potential - inherent in discursive practice;
  • Jasinski, modifying Michael Leff's distinction - between senses of persuasion, intentional and extensional;
  • interior and exterior trajectories of constitutive analysis;
  • concept of circulation, foregrounding collaborative production of constitutive rhetoric;
  • “Principles of '98” - interior constitutive invitations and exterior constitutive legacy;
  • critics, with the way discourse - constitutes individual and group identities


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Interior and Exterior Trajectories of Constitutive Analysis

  • The “Principles of '98”: Interior Constitutive Invitations and Exterior Constitutive Legacy

  • Conclusion