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Harold G. Barrett

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Harold G. Barrett is an American Emeritus Professor of Speech Communication at California State University.[1] He is also a writer[2] rhetorician[3] on the subject of ethics[4] and civility[5][6] in communication.

Early life an education

Barrett earned an A.B., 1949, and an M.A., 1952, from the University of the Pacific. He graduated with a Ph.D. in 1962 from the University of Oregon.


During his career Barrett published a number of books. One of his better known works, Rhetoric and Civility Human Development, Narcissism, and the Good Audience, was published in 1991. In this book Barrett discusses classical rhetorical theory and interprets it for use in all interactions, exploring origins in infancy of the rhetorical disposition and the rhetorical indisposition. Barrett provides four case-study chapters of the lives of individuals illustrating unhealthy narcissism and rhetorical failure, and illustrates how unfavorable narcissism can give adverse direction to the rhetorical imperative and lead to problems in relationships. Barrett offers a rhetorical corrective.[3][7]

Barrett also published a number of journal articles on various subjects related to rhetoric and effectiveness in verbal communication,[8] both currently and in historical context.[9][10]

For many years Barrett was the coordinator of California State University's Conference in Rhetorical Criticism.[11]

Selected publications

  • Maintaining the Self in Communication[12]
  • Rhetoric of the People: Is There Any Better Or Equal Hope in the World? (editor)
  • Harold Barrett (22 January 1991). Rhetoric and Civility: Human Development, Narcissism, and the Good Audience. SUNY Press. ISBN 978-0-7914-0484-3.
  • Harold Barrett (1987). The Sophists: Rhetoric, Democracy, and Plato's Idea of Sophistry. Chandler & Sharp. ISBN 978-0-88316-557-7.[13][14]
  • Harold Barrett (1 January 1987). Practical uses of speech communication. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston.


  1. ^
  2. ^ Speech and Drama. Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama. 1980. p. 33.
  3. ^ a b Steven A. Beebe; Susan J. Beebe (March 2002). Public Speaking: An Audience-Centered Approach. Allyn and Bacon. p. 53. ISBN 978-0-205-35863-2.
  4. ^ Steven A. Beebe; Susan J. Beebe (27 January 2014). A Concise Public Speaking Handbook (4th ed.). pp. 41–.
  5. ^ Clella Iles Jaffe (1995). Public speaking: a cultural perspective. Wadsworth. ISBN 978-0-534-23064-7.
  6. ^ Tom Shachtman (11 September 2007). Inarticulate Society: Eloquence and Culture in America. Simon and Schuster. pp. 161–. ISBN 978-1-4165-7679-2.
  7. ^ Gregory Spencer (2 July 2010). Awakening the Quieter Virtues. InterVarsity Press. pp. 91–. ISBN 978-0-8308-6748-6.
  8. ^ Winifred Bryan Horner (1990). The Present state of scholarship in historical and contemporary rhetoric. University of Missouri Press. p. 209. ISBN 978-0-8262-0763-0.
  9. ^ Omar Swartz (1998). The Rise of Rhetoric and Its Intersections with Contemporary Critical Thought. Westview Press. p. 66. ISBN 978-0-8133-9089-5.
  10. ^ Bernard L. Brock; Robert Lee Scott (1980). Methods of rhetorical criticism: a twentieth-century perspective. Wayne State University Press. p. 379. ISBN 978-0-8143-1648-1.
  11. ^ Duane H. Roen; Stuart C. Brown; Theresa Jarnagin Enos (5 September 2013). Living Rhetoric and Composition: Stories of the Discipline. Routledge. pp. 71–. ISBN 978-1-136-77365-5.
  12. ^ Richard L. Johannesen; Kathleen S. Valde; Karen E. Whedbee (9 January 2008). Ethics in Human Communication: Sixth Edition. Waveland Press. pp. 241–. ISBN 978-1-4786-0912-4.
  13. ^ Susan C. Jarratt (1998). Rereading the Sophists: Classical Rhetoric Refigured. SIU Press. pp. 99, 103. ISBN 978-0-8093-2224-4.
  14. ^ James A. Herrick (2001). The History and Theory of Rhetoric: An Introduction. Allyn and Bacon. p. 50. ISBN 978-0-205-31455-3.
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