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Rhetoric, Materiality, and Politics

by Barbara A. Biesecker (Volume editor) John Lucaites (Volume editor)
Textbook XII, 358 Pages

Summary

Rhetoric, Materiality, and Politics explores the relationship between rhetoric’s materiality and the social world in the late modern political context. Taking as their point of departure a reprint of Michael Calvin McGee’s 1982 call to reconceptualize rhetoric as the palpable «experience» of sociality, the authors in this volume grapple anew with the role of communication practices in contemporary collective life. Drawing upon the work of Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, and Jacques Derrida, these twelve original essays supplement, extend, and challenge McGee’s position, collectively advocating on behalf of a shift in theoretical and critical attention from rhetorical materialism to rhetoric’s materiality.

Details

Pages
XII, 358
ISBN (Book)
9780820497402
Language
English
Published
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2009. XII, 358 pp.

Biographical notes

Barbara A. Biesecker (Volume editor) John Lucaites (Volume editor)

The Editors: Barbara A. Biesecker is Professor and Head of the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Georgia. She is the author of Addressing Postmodernity: Kenneth Burke, Rhetoric, and a Theory of Social Change (1997) and 2007 recipient of the Douglas Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award. John Louis Lucaites is Professor of Rhetoric and Public Culture in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. He is the co-author (with Celeste Michelle Condit) of Crafting Equality: America’s Anglo-African Word (1993) and (with Robert Hariman) of No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy (2007), as well as several edited collections. He is the current editor of the Quarterly Journal of Speech.

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