Rhetorical Homologies: Form, Culture, Experience (Albma Rhetoric Cult & Soc Crit)

Professor Barry Brummett PhD
ISBN:
0817314237

One of the most widely used ideas in scholarship of the humanities and social sciences is that of homology: a formal pattern structuring different kinds of texts, ideas, and experiences. 'Rhetorical Homologies 'explores the central meaning of this form in a variety of discourses and also examines the kind of homologies that shape audience responses to personal, public, and political issues. Brummett focuses on a wide range of topics, from the homologies between rhetoric and weapons throughout history to the homology of ritual injuries as manifested in representations of Christian martyrs, Laurel and Hardy films, the African-American practice of playing the dozens, and televised professional wrestling. Brummett also explores the homology of the Wise Woman, using rhetorical representations of Sojourner Truth and Oprah Winfrey. In a concluding chapter, Brummett argues that the idea of homology is important in understanding how social life is organized in general and that the centrality of discourse in organizing experience makes rhetorical homologies an important perspective for general knowledge beyond the boundaries of this study. Barry Brummet is the author of several books, including 'The World and How We Describe It: Rhetorics of Reality, Representation, Simulation; Reading Rhetorical Theory; 'and 'Rhetorical Dimensions of Popular Culture.'

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