Figuring rhetoric: From antistrophe to apostrophe through catastrophe

Jane Susan Sutton, Mari Lee Mifsud

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Abstract

This essay explores rhetoric tropologically through various strophes: antistrophe, catastrophe, and apostrophe. Our purpose is to delineate problems and possibilities that these tropes pose for rhetoric in an effort to create new rhetorics. We seek to display the antistrophic and catastrophic figurations of rhetoric and then use visual lenses of photography and cinema to disrupt the figurations. Following the disruption, we seek to heighten sensibilities to other figurations, in particular an apostrophic figuration. We cast apostrophe as a figure for change because it marks a deeply felt turn toward difference and otherness. Turned as such, rhetoric becomes erotic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-49
Number of pages21
JournalRhetoric Society Quarterly
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2002

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Sutton, Jane Susan ; Mifsud, Mari Lee. / Figuring rhetoric : From antistrophe to apostrophe through catastrophe. In: Rhetoric Society Quarterly. 2002 ; Vol. 32, No. 4. pp. 29-49.
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