Rhetorical Power

Rhetorical Power

4.11 - 1251 ratings - Source



In this provocative and forcefully written book, Steven Mailloux takes issue with the validity of a number of distinctions commonly made in contemporary literary theory and cultural studiesa€”distinctions between theory and cultural studies, reader and text, truth and ideology, aesthetics and politics. Rhetorical Power offers both a practical proposal for approaching texts rhetorically in their historical contexts and a bold theoretical statement of the historical specificity of every interpretive act and the impossibility of foundationalist accounts of interpretation in general. Mailloux first presents the case for a rhetorical hermeneutics and against foundationalist theories of interpretation. Doing hermeneutic theory, he argues, entails doing rhetorical history. By means of a detailed analysis of reader-response criticism, he highlights the connections between institutional politics and the interpretive rhetoric of academic literary criticism. Mailloux then uses Adventures of Huckleberry Finn as an exemplary text, not only pursuing his theoretical argument about interpretation but developing a broader claim for the potential role of rhetoric within cultural studies. In the final part of the book, he restates his critique of foundationalist hermeneutics through readings of Ken Kesey, Michel Foucault, Edward Said, and Richard Rorty, and he concludes by examining the role of rhetoric and theory in a congressional dispute over the Reagan administration's reinterpretation of the Antiballistic Missile Treaty.Reader-critics themselves encouraged this antiformalist framing by explicitly rejecting and writing against the affective fallacy. ... for example, reader-response critics began with differing conceptions of the relation between reader and text: Gerald ... 19-65, and Susan R. Suleiman, aquot;Introduction: Varieties of Audience- Oriented Criticism, aquot; in The Reader in the Text: Essays on Audience and Interpretation, ed.


Title:Rhetorical Power
Author: Steven Mailloux
Publisher:Cornell University Press - 1989
ISBN-13:

You must register with us as either a Registered User before you can Download this Book. You'll be greeted by a simple sign-up page.

Once you have finished the sign-up process, you will be redirected to your download Book page.

How it works:
  • 1. Register a free 1 month Trial Account.
  • 2. Download as many books as you like (Personal use)
  • 3. Cancel the membership at any time if not satisfied.


Click button below to register and download Ebook
Privacy Policy | Contact | DMCA