The Homesick Phone Book: Addressing Rhetorics in the Age of Perpetual Conflict

The Homesick Phone Book: Addressing Rhetorics in the Age of Perpetual Conflict

by Cynthia Haynes

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The Homesick Phone Book: Addressing Rhetorics in the Age of Perpetual Conflict by Cynthia Haynes

Winner, RSA Book Award, 2017

Terrorist attacks, war, and mass shootings by individuals occur on a daily basis all over the world. In The Homesick Phone Book, author Cynthia Haynes examines the relationship of rhetoric to such atrocities. Aiming to disrupt conventional modes of rhetoric, logic, argument, and the teaching of writing, Haynes illuminates rhetoric’s ties to horrific acts of violence and the state of perpetual conflict around the world, both in the Holocaust era and more recently.

Each chapter, marked by a physical address, functions as a kind of expanded phone book entry, with a discussion of violent events at a particular location giving way to explorations of larger questions related to rhetoric and violence. At the core of the work is Haynes’s call for a writing pedagogy based on abstraction that would allow students to appeal to emotional and ethical grounds in composing arguments. Written in a lyrical style, the book weaves rhetorical theories, poetics, philosophy, works of art, and personal experience into a complex, compelling, and innovative mode of writing.

Ultimately, The Homesick Phone Book demonstrates how scholars of rhetoric and writing studies can break their dependence on conventional argument and logic to discover what might be possible if we dive into and become lost within the very concepts and events that frighten and terrorize us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809335084
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 09/28/2016
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Cynthia Haynes is a professor of English and the director of first-year composition at Clemson University. She is a coauthor of High Wired: On the Design, Use, and Theory of Educational MOOs and MOOniversity: A Student’s Guide to Online Learning Environments, as well as articles in JAC, Enculturation, Pre/Text, and many other publications.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Ch 1:     Party Lines [Motzstraße 72, Berlin]        
Ch 2:     Casuistic Code [Lankwitzer Straße 13-17, Berlin] 
Ch 3:     Mechanical Faith [Lindenstraße 9-14, Berlin]
Ch 4:     Writing Offshore  [Heidegger’s Hütte, Todtnauberg, Germany]
Ch 5:     Glitch Rhetoric [Gulzar e-Hijri, Pakistan]
Ch 6:     Torture and Absolution [Gulfstream V N379P, Unknown Airspace]
Ch 7:     Post-Conflict Pedagogy [Ground Zero, New York]
Ch 8:     Marine Media [1214 Middle St, Sullivan’s Island, SC]
Ch 9:     Accidental Metaphysics [Mendocino Ridge, Pacific Ocean]
Ch 10:  Armageddon Army [Umm Qasr, Iraq]
Ch 11:  Endgame Rhetorics [Utøya Island, Norway]

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