Breaking Up (at) Totality: A Rhetoric of Laughter
SIU Press, 2000 - English language - 312 pages
Rhetoric and composition theory has shown a renewed interest in sophistic countertraditions, as seen in the work of such "postphilosophers" as Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Hélène Cixous, and of such rhetoricians as Susan Jarratt and Steven Mailloux. As D. Diane Davis traces today’s theoretical interest to those countertraditions, she also sets her sights beyond them.
Davis takes a “third sophistics” approach, one that focuses on the play of language that perpetually disrupts the “either/or” binary construction of dialectic. She concentrates on the nonsequential third—excess—that overflows language’s dichotomies. In this work, laughter operates as a trope for disruption or breaking up, which is, from Davis’s perspective, a joyfully destructive shattering of our confining conceptual frameworks.
What people are saying - Write a review
A Prefatory PostScript on Where We Will
The Subject Convulsed
The Hail Breaks DownUp Or Adding a Para to
Breaking Up with Language Or Toward an Ethics
Deciding forwith LaughterA Posthumanist Ethics
A Rhetoric of Laughter for Feminist Politics
A Thinking of Futurity
A Rhetoric of Laughter for Composition Pedagogy
Another PostScript on Laughter and Futurity