[UPDATE] Rhetoric and Poetics panel at (dis)junctions Grad Conference, Apr 5-6. DEADLINE EXTENDED to Feb 22

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Josh Pearson, University of California Riverside
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In Rhetorical Power, rhetorical and literary theorist Steven Mailloux defines rhetoric as “the political effectivity of trope and argument in culture” (xii). Crucially, this definition resists the not uncommon understandings of rhetoric as mere “eloquence,” as florid, deceptive language, or as “persuasive discourse,” instead foregrounding rhetoric as a methodology or lens for identifying the roles of historical and socio-political power relations in shaping how and why certain tropes, arguments, and language use prove effective in the first place. Similarly, Terry Eagleton, in Literary Theory: An Introduction, argues that there is no such thing as either an apolitical aesthetic or mode of criticism, but rhetoric can function as a kind of meta-theory with an extensive capacity for self-reflexivity.

In general, this cfp seeks papers that explore various types of encounters between rhetoric and poetics. Proposed papers might take up questions similar to the following: What would it mean to understand all poetics as “cultural poetics”? What types of knowledge are necessary in order to understand a given poetic/ aesthetic? How rigid a distinction can/ should legitimately be made between the fields of rhetoric and poetics? In what ways are such distinctions both productive and problematic? What types of concerns about and within texts can rhetoric address that poetics cannot, and vice versa?

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted atwww.disjunctions2013.org or mailed to disjunctions2013@gmail.com no later than February 22nd, 2013.
This is a panel call for the 20th Annual (dis)junctions Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Conference at the University of California, Riverside. This year’s general theme, “encountering with(in) texts,” examines the impact of situatedness, unexpectedness, and/or unpreparedness on “face to text” encounters with media objects, embodied encounters negotiated through or overdetermined by texts, and representations of “encountering” within texts. Please visit www.disjunctions2013.org for more information on this year’s theme, our other subject- and discipline-specific panel calls, and Keynote Speaker Dr. Nicholas Mirzeoff.

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