Tag Archive | Twentieth Century

Historiography and Comparison

This selection of readings proposes some interesting questions about comparison, history, and the construction of knowledge within and across various academic fields (e.g. rhetorical studies, philosophy, history, etc.) that can be, or have been, naturalized to the point of invisibility. These articles attempt to tease apart and make visible the hidden assumptions within methodologies and […]

The Value of the Vague

The point is simply that the usefulness, appropriateness, and fit of these terms should always be in question and should never be assumed, and that their application must always bear a burden of proof when applied outside their original cultural contexts” (Garrett 54). Garrett’s chapter about the issues of applying various Westernized definitions to “rhetoric” […]

Online Class Reaction

I though that this was a particularly appropriate unit to conduct as an online class, given that the readings and subject matter were centered on issues of technology, delivery, and remediation. Taking the issues discussed in the readings and then applying them to the occasion of the class was interesting to me, in that we […]

Memory and Delivery

The five canons of rhetoric, articulated for so many centuries, included the canons of memory and delivery along with invention, arrangement, and style. However, it is often noted that with the advent of written discourse and a move away from oral culture, memory and delivery have been largely ignored and no longer have a place […]

Border Crossing

Mary Louise Pratt, Gloria Anzaldua, and Linda Martin Alcoff discuss various implications of examining, including, and taking into account various non-Western rhetorics and language practices. In these cases, the practices considered arise from cultures colonized as part of the American invasion and expansion, forming border areas between these cultures where hybridity and linguistic/ideological cross-pollination occurs. […]

Dead But Still Functioning

Despite confusion around the ideas of the “dead author” or the displacement of the author with the “author function,” neither Barthes or Foucault deny that actual people sit down to write things which are later potentially distributed and contribute to the construction of discourse. Rather, in both Foucault and Barthes there is the idea that […]

Archeological Field Notes from Foucault

I find Foucault to be one of the most useful theoreticians of totalizing systems of power (as I like to call them) and have found his models invaluable for understanding large-scale power structures, epistemologies, and the relationship between discourse/rhetoric and reality-structuring principles. Though I read Archeology of Knowledge after reading several of Foucault’s other works […]