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

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

by D. Diane Davis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0809322293

ISBN-13: 9780809322299

Pub. Date: 01/19/2000

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

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

Overview

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.

           

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)

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