116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Rhetorical Approaches to Literature

Session Chair: 
Kristin Brunnemer, Pierce College
Session 1: Friday 1:30 pm – 3 pm
Haggard Hall 232


  1. Christian Fernandez, Mary Baldwin University
    “Richards of the Lyceum” examines the oratory of Shakespeare’s kings in Richard II and Richard III through the lens of Aristotelian rhetorical theory. By noting elements of Aristotle’s On Rhetoric reincarnated in the early modern rhetorical climate, this paper demonstrates the relevance of Aristotelian rhetoric when studying early modern theater. 
  2. Clarissa Castaneda, University of California, Riverside
    Julia de Burgos' poems are textual assertions of Latinidad via a distinctly puerrtoriqueña palimpsest. These texts are an early interruption within American poetics, by virtue of their tongue and invocation of song (to connect) and sea (to other). They are lessons in translatability that blur the distinctions between modern and postmodern, between colonization and decolonization. These poems archive and deploy counter-histories as a latent memory holds and deploys a collection of images, sounds, and people once forgotten.
  3. David Siglos, University of California - Riverside
    My paper looks at the rhetorical approach of David Henry Hwang's play Yellow Face, which situates itself between the real and the performative. It is "real" because it grapples with a history, and performative because it is aware of its constructedness.
Session Cancelled: