Breaking Up (at) Totality: A Rhetoric of Laughter / Edition 1

Breaking Up (at) Totality: A Rhetoric of Laughter / Edition 1

by D. Diane Davis
     
 

Rhetoric and composition theory has shown a renewed interest in sophistic countertraditions, as seen in the work of such "postphilosophers" as Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Hélène Cixous, and of such rhetoricians as Susan Jarratt and Steven Mailloux. As D. Diane Davis traces today’s theoretical interest to those countertraditions, she also

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Rhetoric and composition theory has shown a renewed interest in sophistic countertraditions, as seen in the work of such "postphilosophers" as Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Hélène Cixous, and of such rhetoricians as Susan Jarratt and Steven Mailloux. As D. Diane Davis traces today’s theoretical interest to those countertraditions, she also sets her sights beyond them.

          

Davis takes a “third sophistics” approach, one that focuses on the play of language that perpetually disrupts the “either/or” binary construction of dialectic. She concentrates on the nonsequential  third—excess—that overflows language’s dichotomies. In this work, laughter operates as a trope for disruption or breaking up, which is, from Davis’s perspective, a joyfully destructive shattering of our confining conceptual frameworks.

           

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809322299
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
01/19/2000
Series:
Rhetorical Philosophy & Theory Series
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

D. Diane Davis is an assistant professor of rhetoric at the University of Iowa.

Table of Contents

Rhetorical Philosophy and Theory Series
Acknowledgments
Preambulatory Emissions: A Prefatory Post-Scipt on Where We Will Have Gone1
1Physiological Laughter: The Subject Convulsed21
Potential Responses to the Paradox24
Gorgian Kairos26
Kairotic Laughter29
Idealism - Refusals to Respond30
Modernism - A Too Hopeful Response40
Cynicism - A Nihilistic Response47
Kynicism - An/Other Positive (cum Negative) Response52
Affirmation - A Comedic Response56
An Affirmative Alliance66
2Discursive Laughter: Composition Convulsed69
Bespeaking the Speaker: Agency and Authorship Re/Visited73
The Hail Breaks Down/Up; Or, Adding a Para to the Dissoi Logoi81
Breaking Up [with] Language; Or, Toward an Ethics of Decision for the "Polyethoi"104
Deciding for/with Laughter - A Posthumanist Ethics112
Excursus. Being-Hard/Wired: Cyburbian Convulsions116
Being-on-Language, Again118
Being-on-Technology118
Being-in-Cyburbia122
Cyburbian Power Struggles125
Deadly Simulations - Cyborg Writing133
3A Rhetoric of Laughter for Feminist Politics136
Sect. 1The Back-Spin136
Prefatory Remarks on Feminist Politics and Negative Deconstructions140
(Self) Re/Presentation, Take One - The Fight for Subjectivity141
Take Two - Forget Re/Presentation and the "Fight"149
Feminism(s) and/in Postmodernism(s)156
Sect. 2A Thinking of Futurity162
The Question Concerning Subversion164
Thinking the Unthinkable - "Let's Get Out of Here!"165
Overflowing God - A Liquidation of Solidifications166
Of Drag Queens and Hermaphrodites - The Joys of Gender-Sliding168
Of Hymens and Hesitations - Evoking "Woman" Other/Wise171
Of "Woman" and Politics - Community of An/Other Kind179
Community in Spasms - A Rhetoric of Laughter for Feminist Politics198
4A Rhetoric of Laughter for Composition Pedagogy209
Feminist Composition Pedagogies - In (Their) Brief(s)213
The Pharce of the Phallic Pheminine - A Critique, in Brief(s)217
Supposing We Don't Know - Turning Teaching "Arse Upwards"223
"The Sujet Suppositaire" - Pedagogical Insertions and Intrusions226
In the Name of Writing: (De)Compos(t)ing the Prosthetic Composition Course228
Writing Re-Vived: Beyond the "White Terror of Truth"235
Forget Empowerment - Becoming-Imperceptible250
A(nother) Post-Script on Laughter and Futurity254
Notes261
Works Cited291
Index307

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