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 toes—thanks 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 (27–28). 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, Burke’s friends at the Dial probably introduced him to Sigmund Freud’s work sometime in the early 1920s. The impact was profound and sustained: Burke loved Freud. In the 1939 essay “Freud—and the Analysis of Poetry,” for instance, Burke writes: “the reading of Freud I find suggestive almost to the point of bewilderment. Accordingly, ...
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... with a very different twist—also 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: “We 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 “rhetorical hermeneutics” that demonstrates the “practical inseparability of interpretation and language use and thus of the discourses that theorize those practices, hermeneutics and rhetoric” (RH3). Many rhetoricians have challenged the specifics of Mailloux’s 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 alterity—a relation that precedes the apparently self-sufficient self. ...
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... would be another story. But as a singularity, finite and exposed, “I” come into being only inasmuch as “I” respond to the other, and this preoriginary obligation to respond is called “my” responsibility. Responsibility, from this Levinasian perspective, is not something a self-sufficient subject chooses to take up; rather, “the subject” is ethically structured as response-ability: “the ...
P. S. on Humanism
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... get out, I cannot not address directly Levinas’s 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 place— first of all, if not exclusively—among human “brothers.” Neither “the animal” nor the “feminine alterity”1 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