Rhetoric in Postmodern America: Conversations with Michael Calvin McGee

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Carol Corbin
Guilford Publications, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 198 pages
The first book-length presentation of the influential work of Michael Calvin McGee, this volume demonstrates the importance of rhetoric to understanding power and culture in the postmodern age. The book is largely based on a series of seminars in which McGee draws on important figures spanning the history of rhetorical thought--from Plato and Aristotle to Marx, McLuhan, Althusser, and Baudrillard--to develop his ideas about orality and performance, the public, technology, and processes of political change. An introduction by John Louis Lucaites discusses McGee's pathbreaking role within the wider field of rhetoric, and a concluding essay on Spike Lee enacts the "performative criticism" McGee theorizes in previous chapters to construct a powerful argument about race in contemporary America.

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M.C. McGee is a life-long advocate of right-wing ideas and has spent his life promoting the idea that the status quo in ideology is preferred. His connection to Aristotle, McLuhan and others is superficial. His supporters are from right-wing societies such as Australia. His real motive in academia is legitimize the shocking idea that fascism can reinforce classical ideals which he does not understand. His arguments always support the narrow, close-minded world-view of the reactionary.  

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Carol Corbin, PhD, University College of Cape Breton, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

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