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

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Rhetorical Approaches to Literature II

Session Chair: 
Jazmine Wells, Texas Christian University
Session 3: Friday 2:00-3:30pm
RCC Raincross F


  1. Brandon Schneeberger, Kansas State University
    Both GK Chesterton and Samuel Johnson wrote in a bold style due to their beliefs founded in objective truth. The two writers use the rhetorical devices of irony, wit, and paradox to create bold, yet humorous, claims, which at first appear far-fetched but on closer examination prove true. Though the prose style of each writer looks different at face value, they both use parallelism and antithesis to create these bold statements that are humorous, yet thought-provoking.
  2. Chandra Howard, University of California at Riverside
    This paper applies Gloria E. Anzaldúa’s theoretical framework of border consciousness to young adult literature as a call to recuperate historical erasures through ambiguous perspectives and psychic fractures.
  3. Tom Jesse, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
    Kenneth Burke’s vague definitions of “pure persuasion” in A Rhetoric of Motives (1950) have long been the source of confusion over his self-described “meta-rhetoric.” This paper argues that the experimental practices of the 20th and 21st century avant-garde poetry provide significant new insight into one of Burke’s most misunderstood rhetorical concepts.
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