This is the introduction to A New History of the Sermon:The Nineteenth Century, a collection of essays I edited for Brill Academic Publishers. It discusses the concept and history of "rhetorical criticism," and seeks to lay a foundation for the rhetorical study of the Anglo-American pulpit.
Ellison, Robert H. "Introduction." A New History of the Sermon: The Nineteenth Century. Ed. Robert H. Ellison. Leiden, Brill, 2010. 1-11.