113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Rhetorical Approaches to Literature II

Session Chair: 
Sharon Kirsch, Arizona State University
Session 11: Sunday 10:20-11:50am
Galleria II (PH-ET)


  1. Anders Johnson, University of California at Irvine
    Using De Man's "Aesthetic Formalization: Kleist's Über Das Marionettentheater" (1984) as my point of departure, I contrast the notions of grace and freedom as they are presented in Kleist's "Über Das Marionettentheater" (1810) with Schiller's articulation of grace in Über Anmut und Würde" (1793), arguing that freedom in Kleist's text is conditioned on clumsiness rather that grace.  
  2. David Judd, San Diego State University
    "Laceration," as termed by Fyodor Dostoevsky, can be combined with Rhetorical Narratology to provide an understanding of Dostoevsky's dialectics within "Pro and Contra" and "The Russian Monk" in The Brothers Karamazov. The apparent contradictions in argument become a singular whole when examined through the lense of rhetoric and laceration.
  3. Monica Limon, Caifornia State University, Fresno
    In my paper, I focus on the impact Charles Darwin’s profession as a natural scientist had on his rhetorical style in Origin of Species and the affect it may have had on the acquisition of trust and approval for his discoveries in the aforementioned text from Victorian England. I will attempt to draw a correlation between Darwin and natural scientist to demonstrate how his successful fulfillment of the profession positively influenced the reception of Origin of Species, and consequently his career as a scientist. 
Session Cancelled: