The Politics of Style and the Style of Politics

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This volume focuses on the connection between style and politics. Commentaries on the styles of political candidates seem to outpace serious discussions of policy and credentials; politicians and commentators alike parse Barack Obama's ability to manipulate stylistic dimensions of race, class, and national origin. Political battles continue to rage in France over whether Islamic women may wear head coverings. The contributors to this volume treat two different though related meanings of the term 'politics.' The ...

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Overview

This volume focuses on the connection between style and politics. Commentaries on the styles of political candidates seem to outpace serious discussions of policy and credentials; politicians and commentators alike parse Barack Obama's ability to manipulate stylistic dimensions of race, class, and national origin. Political battles continue to rage in France over whether Islamic women may wear head coverings. The contributors to this volume treat two different though related meanings of the term 'politics.' The first of these is the conventional electoral politics, in which critics may argue about whether a 'feminine style' can ever carry a national election. The second meaning refers to politics in the sense of everyday struggles over power. In this sense there is a politics in the style expected of corporate boardroom behavior, which excludes and disempowers those who display a style of the streets. As the volume's careful analysis demonstrates, both aspects of politics are very much connected to style.

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Editorial Reviews

Kendall R. Phillips
This collection demonstrates not only the pervasive influence of style within rhetoric and politics but also the kinds of insights that are generated when we attend to it. The essays collected here represent a wide spectrum of rhetorical inquiries and provide a valuable breadth in both topic and approach. Engaging topics as varied as Madeleine Albright's use of jewelry, the relationship between fine wines and rhetorical theory, and the films of Rob Zombie, these essays demonstrate the kinds of artifacts that can be understood through a conception of style. Students of rhetoric, of politics and of culture will benefit greatly from the critical work accomplished in this volume.
Greg Dickinson
The Politics of Style and the Style of Politics engages in vigorous analysis of style in politics and the politics of style in everyday practices. The volume’s contributors take up the important link between style and rhetoric present from the earliest understandings of rhetoric to recent work by scholars like Robert Harriman and Stewart Ewan. Carefully organized, well conceptualized, and intriguingly written, this book is sure to influence our thinking and writing about style’s rhetorical consequentiality.
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Meet the Author

Barry Brummett is the Charles Sapp Centennial Professor in Communication and Department Chair at University of Texas-Austin.

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Table of Contents

Preface: The Problems and Promises of Rhetorical Style Bradford Vivian xi

Introduction: Politics and the Rhetoric of Style Barry Brummett xxvii

Part I Style in the Rhetoric of Politics

1 Preserving America: The Tea Party Movement and the Cultivation of Revolutionary Conservatism Amanda Davis Gatchet 3

2 Stylizing Sotomayor: Style as Rhetoric of Caricatures Clariza Ruiz De Castilla 17

3 Political Style for the People: Nonviolence as Political Power Jennifer J. Asenas 33

4 The Narcissistic Style of American Politics: The Rhetorical Appeal of Sarah Palin Matthew B. Morris 47

5 Experiential Political Style: Oprah Winfrey's Identification with the Electorate Maegan Stephens 59

6 Read Her Pins: Analyzing Madeleine Albright's Brooches as a Means of Procuring Space for Women in Politics through Image and Aesthetics Mary Anne Taylor 71

7 The Decider and the Debater: George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Two Very Different Democratic Styles Jay P. Childers 87

Part II Style in the Politics of Culture

8 The Rhetoric of Style for a New Millennium: Project Runway's Tim Gunn as Apocalyptic Prophet Joseph Faina 105

9 The Roots of Style: Hair, Cultural Politics, and Epideictic Rhetoric Teresita Garza 119

10 On Drawing Knives and Experience: The Rise of the Ekphrastic Text in Bravo's Top Chef Ashley Noel Mack 139

11 Style as Othering: Authenticity, Class, and Identity in Meet the Natives: U.S.A. Tiara Naputi 155

12 The First Amendment and Rhetorical Style: The Politics of School Dress Codes Kevin A. Johnson 173

13 Sinister Surfaces and the Style of Simulacra in the Modern Stylized Horror Film Sean Tiffee 191

14 Ce n'est pas une pipe. C'est rhétorique Carlnita P. Greene 205

15 Eccentri(cities): The Rhetoric of Style Through the Lens of the Weird Kristin Stimpson 221

16 Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting: Commemoration, Camp, and Countering the Traumatic Sarah Vartabedian 237

17 A Politics of Affectation, Or, How to Out-dead the Undead Jaime Wright 251

18 Quaffable, but Uh … Far from Transcendent: Wine, Rhetorical Style and Politics Anna M. Young 263

Index 279

About the Contributors 285

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