“Ambient Rhetoric will immediately find an audience of rhetorical scholars who will want to grapple with its many provocative directions. Not only is it a well-conceived and well-executed book, but it is an important one."
—John Muckelbauer, University of South Carolina
“Thematically, Ambient Rhetoric is at the cutting edge of rhetorical theory in the U.S. context. . . . What would it mean for rhetoric to reside outside the control of human agency? The strength of Rickert’s book is the rich response to this question.”—Daniel M. Gross, University of California, Irvine
“Rickert brings together four fields of thought--contemporary cognitive science, phenomenology, 20th-century ambient music, and theories of materiality--to further the theoretical scope of rhetoric. . . . Despite the rigor and density of the work, it is readable and accessible; indeed, it is at times playful with references to the lyrics of popular songs often supplementing references to poets, theorists, and philosophers. . . . An important piece of conceptual inquiry that could prove foundational for the field in years to come. Highly recommended.”—Choice
"'Ambient Rhetoric' continually opens new possibilities of thinking about rhetoric, ecology, and sustainability, possibilities that emerge and withdraw in a constant flux of interrelatedness."—Rhetoric Review
"Offers its careful recreation of pathways and concepts . . . from which to build future work on ambience, digital space and other emerging research interests in the field, so emerging that they do not yet have a bedrock of concepts from which to build. . . . Rickert's work offers a much needed repository for more emergence, more ways to practice and think through inhabitable rhetoric(s), sustainable rhetorics, as a thing that comes from the world."—Enculturation
"Rickert provides vocabulary, concepts and an ambient theory for scholars of rhetoric who are pushing on the boundaries of some of these traditional ideas about what we generally and typically hold up as our theories of rhetoric."—Composition Forum