Rhetoric and Foreigner Relations
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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I am very grateful to the students in my seminars over the last few years, for their insights and enthusiasm, their humor and tenacity, which kept me on my toesâthanks especially to Jennifer Edbauer Rice, Kevin Johnson, Johanna Hartelius, Jamie Wright, James Brown, and Trevor Hoag. I am deeply indebted to colleagues who offered me feedback on this work, talking me through small ...
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Introduction: A Rhetoric of Responsibility
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... makes a point that perhaps goes without saying in rhetorical studies today: belonging is fundamentally rhetorical (27â28). That insight will serve as the thesis of this present work, but with a twist. According to Burke, belonging is not fixed ontologically by a shared essence but is instead a function of rhetorical identification, which is itself an effect of shared symbol systems. Scholars ...
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... early history, Kenneth Burke in Greenwich Village, Burkeâs friends at the Dial probably introduced him to Sigmund Freudâs work sometime in the early 1920s. The impact was profound and sustained: Burke loved Freud. In the 1939 essay âFreudâand the Analysis of Poetry,â for instance, Burke writes: âthe reading of Freud I find suggestive almost to the point of bewilderment. Accordingly, ...
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... with a very different twistâalso depicts the interruption in identification as an encounter with the other as other, with a surplus of alterity that I can neither appropriate nor abdicate, and that therefore calls my self-sufficiency and spontaneity into question. Levinas describes this encounter as the opening of ethics: âWe name this calling into question of my spontaneity by the presence of the ...
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... Steven Mailloux has brilliantly performed and explicated a ârhetorical hermeneuticsâ that demonstrates the âpractical inseparability of interpretation and language use and thus of the discourses that theorize those practices, hermeneutics and rhetoricâ (RH3). Many rhetoricians have challenged the specifics of Maillouxâs various arguments and have more generally objected ...
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... in which I turn toward an other who is not simply an object, toward an other who may also turn toward me, it first of all implies that neither I nor the other is an enclosed entity but that both are already exposed, posed in exteriority, radically non-selfsufficient; it implies, then, an originary (or preoriginary) relation with alterityâa relation that precedes the apparently self-sufficient self. ...
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... would be another story. But as a singularity, finite and exposed, âIâ come into being only inasmuch as âIâ respond to the other, and this preoriginary obligation to respond is called âmyâ responsibility. Responsibility, from this Levinasian perspective, is not something a self-sufficient subject chooses to take up; rather, âthe subjectâ is ethically structured as response-ability: âthe ...
P. S. on Humanism
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... get out, I cannot not address directly Levinasâs humanism, which is in many ways unique and compelling, but remains a problem nonetheless. According to Levinas, the address that opens the space of the ethical relation takes placeâ first of all, if not exclusivelyâamong human âbrothers.â Neither âthe animalâ nor the âfeminine alterityâ1 are capable of the ethical saying that Levinas describes: ...
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Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literacy, and Culture
Series Editor Byline: David Bartholomae and Jean Ferguson Carr, Editors