Rhetoric, Materiality, and Politics explores the relationship between rhetoric's materiality and the social world in the late modern political context. Taking as their point of departure a reprint of Michael Calvin McGee's 1982 call to reconceptualize rhetoric as the palpable "experience" of sociality, the authors in this volume grapple anew with the role of communication practices in contemporary collective life. Drawing upon the work of Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, and Jacques Derrida, these twelve original essays supplement, extend, and challenge McGee's position, collectively advocating on behalf of a shift in theoretical and critical attention from rhetorical materialism to rhetoric's materiality.
The Editors: Barbara A. Biesecker is Professor and Head of the Department of Speech Communication at the University of Georgia. She is the author of Addressing Postmodernity: Kenneth Burke, Rhetoric, and a Theory of Social Change (1997) and 2007 recipient of the Douglas Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award. John Louis Lucaites is Professor of Rhetoric and Public Culture in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. He is the co-author (with Celeste Michelle Condit) of Crafting Equality: America's Anglo-African Word (1993) and (with Robert Hariman) of No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy (2007), as well as several edited collections. He is the current editor of the Quarterly Journal of Speech.
Contents: Barbara A. Biesecker/John Louis Lucaites: Editors' Introduction - Michael Calvin McGee: A Materialist's Conception of Rhetoric - Ronald Walter Greene: Rhetorical Materialism: The Rhetorical Subject and the General Intellect - John M. Sloop: People Shopping - Joan Faber McAlister: Material Aesthetics in Middle America: Simone Weil, the Problem of Roots, and the Pantopic Suburb - Bruce E. Gronbeck: Jacob Riis and the Doubly Material Rhetorics of His Politics - Christian O. Lundberg: On the Materiality of Interpretation - Charles E. Morris III: Hard Evidence: The Vexations of Lincoln's Queer Corpus - Nathan Stormer: Encomium of Helen's Body: A Will to Matter - Kenneth Rufo: Shades of Derrida: Materiality as the Mediation of Differance - Daniel F. Schowalter: Disarticulating American Indianness in the National Museum of the American Indian - Oscar Giner: Portraits of Rebellion: Geronimo's Photograph of 1884 - Dana L. Cloud: The Materialist Dialectic as a Site of Kairos: Theorizing Rhetorical Intervention in Material Social Relations - William C. Trapani: Materiality's Time: Rethinking the Event from the Derridean esprit d'a-propos.