112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Rhetorical Approaches to Literature I

Session Chair: 
Kassia Waggoner, Friends University
Session 2: Friday 10:45am-12:15pm
RCC Raincross F


  1. Diana Shaffer, Independent Scholar
    The proposed paper analyzes Anne Carson’s rhetorical use of ekphrasis to problematize the traditional categories of gender and genre, rhetoric and poetics, and word and image in selected poetry and prose essays. 
  2. Jazmine Wells, Texas Christian University
    The language and rhetorical design of prison poetry illustrate the marginalization and discrimination Latino males experience both inside and outside of prison. Because these conditions must be transferred from society in order to exist inside of the prison, I argue that an analysis of pinto poetry will reveal the preserved, active, racist ideologies of our society that are often masked by non-preforming laws.
  3. Eric Rawson, University of Southern California
    This paper situates mid-century poetry-recording projects in the context of Cold War attempts to create and project a robust American literary culture. As anxiety about producing documentary evidence of a national culture spurred the identification of an artist’s aural performance with official sanction, institutional discourse—academic, governmental, and pedagogical—collided with aesthetic discourse and technological ideology.
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