A Theory of Spectral Rhetoric

A Theory of Spectral Rhetoric

This book synthesizes Jacques Derrida’s hauntology and spectrality with affect theory, in order to create a rhetorical framework analyzing the felt absences and hauntings of written and oral texts.

Author: Seth Pierce

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030696795

Category: Philosophy

Page: 170

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This book synthesizes Jacques Derrida’s hauntology and spectrality with affect theory, in order to create a rhetorical framework analyzing the felt absences and hauntings of written and oral texts. The book opens with a history of hauntology, spectrality, and affect theory and how each of those ideas have been applied. The book then moves into discussing the unique elements of the rhetorical framework known as the rhetorrectional situation. Three case studies taken from the Christian tradition, serve to demonstrate how spectral rhetoric works. The first is fictional, C.S. Lewis ’The Great Divorce. The second is non-fiction, Tim Jennings ’The God Shaped Brain. The final one is taken from homiletics, Bishop Michael Curry’s royal wedding 2018 sermon. After the case studies conclusion offers the reader a summary and ideas future applications for spectral rhetoric.
Categories: Philosophy

The Ethical Fantasy of Rhetorical Theory

The Ethical Fantasy of Rhetorical Theory

I have been considering this as a question of the truth or spirit of rhetorical theory. ... We are subjects of terms of art's spectral presence or organizing force—the meanings by which we are addressed, now, today—also in texts where ...

Author: Ira Allen

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

ISBN: 9780822983422

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 328

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Despite its centrality to its field, there is no consensus regarding what rhetorical theory is and why it matters. The Ethical Fantasy of Rhetorical Theory presents a critical examination of rhetorical theory throughout history, in order to develop a unifying vision for the field. Demonstrating that theorists have always been skeptical of yet committed to "truth" (however fantastic), Ira Allen develops rigorous notions of truth and of a "troubled freedom" that spring from rhetoric’s depths. In a sweeping analysis from the sophists Aristotle, and Cicero through Kenneth Burke, Chaïm Perelman and Lucie Olbrechts-Tyceta, and contemporary scholars in English, communication, and rhetoric’s other disciplinary homes, Allen offers a novel definition of rhetorical theory: as the self-consciously ethical study of how humans and other symbolic animals negotiate constraints.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Rhetoric Cultural Studies and Literacy

Rhetoric  Cultural Studies  and Literacy

Current source studies of expressionist theory (Burnham; McCarthy and Fishman), reflect philosophical and theoretical ... private and public discourse, we begin to notice the spectral image of an expressive rhetoric throughout history.

Author: J. Frederick Reynolds

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136689642

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 209

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This volume presents a representative cross-section of the more than 200 papers presented at the 1994 conference of the Rhetoric Society of America. The contributors reflect multi- and inter-disciplinary perspectives -- English, speech communication, philosophy, rhetoric, composition studies, comparative literature, and film and media studies. Exploring the historical relationships and changing relationships between rhetoric, cultural studies, and literacy in the United States, this text seeks answers to such questions as what constitutes "literacy" in a post-modern, high-tech, multi-cultural society?
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Ambient Rhetoric

Ambient Rhetoric

The Attunements of Rhetorical Being Thomas Rickert ... By increasing the number of variables in circulation, including the spectral/virtual, network culture pushes us toward acknowledging complexity in ways that modernist theory and ...

Author: Thomas Rickert

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre

ISBN: 9780822978695

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 320

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In Ambient Rhetoric, Thomas Rickert seeks to dissolve the boundaries of the rhetorical tradition and its basic dichotomy of subject and object. With the advent of new technologies, new media, and the dispersion of human agency through external information sources, rhetoric can no longer remain tied to the autonomy of human will and cognition as the sole determinants in the discursive act. Rickert develops the concept of ambience in order to engage all of the elements that comprise the ecologies in which we exist. Culling from Martin Heidegger’s hermeneutical phenomenology in Being and Time, Rickert finds the basis for ambience in Heidegger’s assertion that humans do not exist in a vacuum; there is a constant and fluid relation to the material, informational, and emotional spaces in which they dwell. Hence, humans are not the exclusive actors in the rhetorical equation; agency can be found in innumerable things, objects, and spaces. As Rickert asserts, it is only after we become attuned to these influences that rhetoric can make a first step toward sufficiency. Rickert also recalls the foundational Greek philosophical concepts of kairos (time), chora (space/place), and periechon (surroundings) and cites their repurposing by modern and postmodern thinkers as “informational scaffolding” for how we reason, feel, and act. He discusses contemporary theory in cognitive science, rhetoric, and object-oriented philosophy to expand his argument for the essentiality of ambience to the field of rhetoric. Rickert then examines works of ambient music that incorporate natural and artificial sound, spaces, and technologies, finding them to be exemplary of a more fully resonant and experiential media. In his preface, Rickert compares ambience to the fermenting of wine—how its distinctive flavor can be traced to innumerable factors, including sun, soil, water, region, and grape variety. The environment and company with whom it’s consumed further enhance the taste experience. And so it should be with rhetoric—to be considered among all of its influences. As Rickert demonstrates, the larger world that we inhabit (and that inhabits us) must be fully embraced if we are to advance as beings and rhetors within it.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Practice of Rhetoric

The Practice of Rhetoric

Rhetorical Education in America. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, ... In On Rhetoric: A Theory of Civic Discourse, translated by G. Kennedy, 251–56. 2nd ed. ... “Mourning Speech: Haunting and the Spectral Voices of Nine- Eleven.

Author: Debra Hawhee

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

ISBN: 9780817321376

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 329

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"Rhetoric, broadly conceived as the art of making things matter, is both a practice and theory about that practice. In recent decades, scholars of rhetoric have turned to approaches that braid together poetics, performance, and philosophy into a "practical art." By practical art, they mean methods tested in practice, by trial and error, with a goal of offering something useful and teachable. This volume presents just such an account of rhetoric. The account here does not turn away from theory, but rather presumes and incorporates theoretical approaches, offering a collection of principles assembled in the heat and trials of public practice. The approaches ventured in this volume are inspired by the capacious conception of rhetoric put forth by historian of rhetoric Jeffrey Walker, who is perhaps best known for stressing rhetoric's educational mission and its contributions to civic life. The Practice of Rhetoric is organized into three sections designed to spotlight, in turn, the importance of poetics, performance, and philosophy in rhetorical practice. The volume begins with poetics, stressing the world-making properties of that word, in contexts ranging from mouse-infested medieval fields to the threat of toxin-ridden streams in the mid-twentieth century. Susan C. Jarratt, for instance, probes the art of ekphrasis, or vivid description, and its capacity for rendering alternative futures. Michele Kennerly explores a little-studied linguistic predecessor to prose-logos psilos, or naked speech-exposing the early rumblings of a separation between poetic and rhetorical texts even as it historicizes the idea of clothed or ornamented speech. In an essay on the almost magical properties of writing, Debra Hawhee considers the curious practice of people writing letters to animals in order to banish or punish them, thereby casting the epistolary arts in a new light. Part 2 moves to performance. Vessela Valiavitcharska examines the intertwining of poetic rhythm and performance in Byzantine rhetorical education, and how such practices underlie the very foundations of oratory. Dale Martin Smith draws on the ancient stylistic theory of Dionysius of Halicarnassus along with the activist work of contemporary poets Amiri Baraka and Harmony Holiday to show how performance and persuasion unify rhetoric and poetics. Most treatments of philosophy and rhetoric begin within a philosophical framework, and remain there, focusing on old tools like stasis and disputation. Essays in part 3 break out of that mold by focusing on the utility and teachability of rhetorical principles in education. Jeanne Fahnestock and Marie Secor update stasis, a classical framework that encourages aspiring rhetors to ask after the nature of things, their facts and their qualities, as a way of locating an argument's position. Mark Garrett Longaker probes the medieval practice of disputation in order to marshal a new argument about why, exactly, John Locke detested rhetoric, and the longstanding opposition between science and rhetoric as modes of proof that has lasting implications for the way argument works today. Ranging across centuries and contexts, the essays collected here demonstrate the continued need to attend carefully to the co-operation of descriptive language and normative reality, conceptual vocabulary and material practice, public speech and moral self-shaping. The volume promises to rekindle long-standing conversations about the public, world-making practice of rhetoric, thereby enlivening anew its civic mission"--
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Language and Power on the Rhetorical Stage

Language and Power on the Rhetorical Stage

Theory in the Body Fiona Harris Ramsby ... Terming Hedwig as “text,” within the field of rhetoric, we must continually advance “difcult texts that directly ... Gender, according to this new trope is not a binary but a spectrum.

Author: Fiona Harris Ramsby

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000298871

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 164

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Through a fusion of narrative and analysis, Language and Power on the Rhetorical Stage examines how theater can enact critical discourse analysis and how micro-instances of iniquitous language use have been politically and historically reiterated to oppress and deny equal rights to marginalized groups of people. Drawing from Aristophanes’ rhetorical plays as a template for rhetoric in action, the author poses the stage as a rhetorical site whereby we can observe, see, and feel 20th-century rhetorical theories of the body. Using critical discourse analysis and Judith Butler’s theories of the performative body as a methodological and analytical lens, the book explores how a handful of American plays in the latter part of the 20th century—the works of Tony Kushner, Suzan Lori-Parks, and John Cameron Mitchell, among others— use rhetoric in order to perform and challenge marginalizing language about groups that are not offered center stage in public and political spheres. This innovative study initiates a conversation long overdue between scholars in rhetorical and performance studies; as such, it will be essential reading for academic researchers and graduate students in the areas of rhetorical studies, performance studies, theater studies, and critical discourse analysis.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Rhetorics of Nepantla Memory and the Gloria Evangelina Anzald a Papers

Rhetorics of Nepantla  Memory  and the Gloria Evangelina Anzald  a Papers

I extend her analysis (2008) to show how Anzaldúa's response to her birth certificate contains an implicit multimodal rhetorical theory. Through Taylor's theoretical concepts, I develop a rhetorical method for examining archives and ...

Author: Diana Isabel Martínez

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781498598415

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 207

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Rhetorics of Nepantla, Memory, and the Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa Papers: Archival Impulses illustrates how Gloria Anzaldúa’s archives contain objects that, when placed together by the rhetor, perform the embodied ways of knowing of which she writes. This book provides an account of how to discuss interactions between objects found within and across archives work in theoretically and experientially meaningful ways.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Invention in Rhetoric and Composition

Invention in Rhetoric and Composition

she examined the arguments over whether rhetoric participated in the context of discovery ( the intellectual ... the acquiescence to inspiration ; Hanson's work on the reasoning processes of a scientist ; Wartofsky's theory of heuristic ...

Author: Janice M. Lauer

Publisher: Parlor Press LLC

ISBN: 193255906X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 257

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Invention in Rhetoric and Composition examines issues that have surrounded historical and contemporary theories and pedagogies of rhetorical invention, citing a wide array of positions on these issues in both primary rhetorical texts and secondary interpretations. It presents theoretical disagreements over the nature, purpose, and epistemology of invention and pedagogical debates over such issues as the relative importance of art, talent, imitation, and practice in teaching discourse. After a discussion of treatments of invention from the Sophists to the nineteenth century, Invention in Rhetoric and Composition introduces a range of early twentieth-century multidisciplinary theories and calls for invention's awakening in the field of English studies. It then showcases inventional theories and pedagogies that have emerged in the field of Rhetoric and Composition over the last four decades, including the ensuing research, critiques, and implementations of this inventional work. As a reference guide, the text offers a glossary of terms, an annotated bibliography of selected texts, and an extensive bibliography. Janice M. Lauer is Professor of English, Emerita at Purdue University, where she was the Reece McGee Distinguished Professor of English. In 1998, she received the College Composition and Communication Conference's Exemplar Award. Her publications include Four Worlds of Writing: Inquiry and Action in Context, Composition Research: Empirical Designs, and New Perspectives on Rhetorical Invention, as well as essays on rhetorical invention, disciplinarity, writing as inquiry, composition pedagogy, historical rhetoric, and empirical research.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Rhetoric in Tooth and Claw

Rhetoric in Tooth and Claw

In History of Animals Aristotle makes incremental allowances across the ancient spectrum of life, observing that ... we learn from the Historia Animalium theory and its extension in Politics 1.2.1253a7–18 is that active participation in ...

Author: Debra Hawhee

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226706771

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 263

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We tend to think of rhetoric as a solely human art. After all, only humans can use language artfully to make a point, the very definition of rhetoric. Yet when you look at ancient and early modern treatises on rhetoric, what you find is surprising: they’re crawling with animals. With Rhetoric in Tooth and Claw, Debra Hawhee explores this unexpected aspect of early thinking about rhetoric, going on from there to examine the enduring presence of nonhuman animals in rhetorical theory and education. In doing so, she not only offers a counter-history of rhetoric but also brings rhetorical studies into dialogue with animal studies, one of the most vibrant areas of interest in humanities today. By removing humanity and human reason from the center of our study of argument, Hawhee frees up space to study and emphasize other crucial components of communication, like energy, bodies, and sensation. Drawing on thinkers from Aristotle to Erasmus, Rhetoric in Tooth and Claw tells a new story of the discipline’s history and development, one animated by the energy, force, liveliness, and diversity of our relationships with our “partners in feeling,” other animals.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Medieval Rhetoric

Medieval Rhetoric

As both Barthes and Foucault would suggest , the rhetorical techniques themselves and the examples used to represent them comprise part of the discursive enunciation and create a specific body present in the text's contours ; therefore ...

Author: Scott D. Troyan

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415971632

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Categories: Literary Criticism