Rhetoric, Materiality, and Politics

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Rhetoric, Materiality, and Politics explores the relationship between rhetoric's materiality and the social world in the late modern political context. Taking as their point of departure a reprint of Michael Calvin McGee's call in 1982 to reconceptualize rhetoric as the palpable "experience" of sociality, the authors in this volume grapple anew with the role of communication practices in contemporary collective life. Drawing upon the work of Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, and Jacques Derrida the twelve original ...

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Overview

Rhetoric, Materiality, and Politics explores the relationship between rhetoric's materiality and the social world in the late modern political context. Taking as their point of departure a reprint of Michael Calvin McGee's call in 1982 to reconceptualize rhetoric as the palpable "experience" of sociality, the authors in this volume grapple anew with the role of communication practices in contemporary collective life. Drawing upon the work of Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, and Jacques Derrida the twelve original essays supplement, extend and challenge McGee's position, collectively advocating on behalf of a shift in theoretical and critical attention from rhetorical materialism to rhetoric's materiality.

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Introduction Barbara A. Biesecker Biesecker, Barbara A. John Louis Lucaites Lucaites, John Louis 1

1 A Materialist's Conception of Rhetoric Michael Calvin McGee McGee, Michael Calvin 17

2 Rhetorical Materialism: The Rhetorical Subject and the General Intellect Ronald Walter Greene Greene, Ronald Walter 43

3 People Shopping John M. Sloop Sloop, John M. 67

4 Material Aesthetics in Middle America: Simone Weil, the Problem of Roots, and the Pantopic Suburb Joan Faber McAlister McAlister, Joan Faber 99

5 Jacob Riis and the Doubly Material Rhetorics of His Politics Bruce E. Gronbeck Gronbeck, Bruce E. 131

6 On Missed Encounters: Lacan and the Materiality of Rhetoric Christian O. Lundberg Lundberg, Christian O. 161

7 Hard Evidence: The Vexations of Lincoln's Queer Corpus Charles E. Morris III Morris, Charles E., III 185

8 Encomium of Helen's Body: A Will to Matter Nathan Stormer Stormer, Nathan 215

9 Shades of Derrida: Materiality as the Mediation of Differance Kenneth Rufo Rufo, Kenneth 229

10 Disarticulating American Indianness in the National Museum of the American Indian Daniel F. Schowalter Schowalter, Daniel F. 253

11 Portraits of Rebellion: Geronimo's Photograph of 1884 Oscar Giner Giner, Oscar 277

12 The Materialist Dialectic as a Site of Kairos: Theorizing Rhetorical Intervention in Material Social Relations Dana L. Cloud Cloud, Dana L. 293

13 Materiality's Time: Rethinking the Event from the Derridean esprit d'a-propos William C. Trapani Trapani, William C. 321

Index 351

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