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- DescriptionGertrude Stein is recognized as an iconic and canical literary modernist. In Gertrude Stein and the Reinvention of Rhetoric , Sharon J. Kirsch broadens our understanding of Stein's influence to include her impact on the field of rhetoric. For humanities scholars as well as popular audiences, the relationship between rhetoric and literature remains vexed, in part due to rhetoric's contemporary affiliation with composition, which makes it separate from, if t subordinate to, the study of literature. Gertrude Stein recognized such separation, and this disciplinary policing of the study of English has diminished our understanding of her work, Kirsch argues. Stein's career unfolded at the crossroads of literary composition and rhetorical theory, a site where she alternately challenged, satirized, and reinvented the five classical cans of rhetoric - invention, arrangement, style, memory, and delivery - even as she invented new trajectories of literary experimentation. Kirsch follows Stein from her days studying composition and philosophy at Harvard through her expatriate years in France, fame in the 1930s, and experience of the Second World War. She frames Stein's explorations of language as an inventive poetics that reconceived practices and theories of rhetorical invention during a period that saw the rise of literary studies and the decline of rhetorical studies. Through careful readings of canical and lesser-kwn works, Kirsch offers a convincing critical portrait of Stein as a Sophistic provocateur who reinvented the cans by making a productive mess of canical rhetoric and modernist categories of thought. Readers will find much of interest in Gertrude Stein and the Reinvention of Rhetoric . Kirsch offers myriad insights to scholars of Stein, to those interested in the interdisciplinary intersections of literature, rhetoric, and philosophy, as well as to scholars and students in the field of rhetoric and communication studies. Positioning Stein as a major twentieth-century rhetorical theorist is particularly timely given increasing interest in historical and theoretical resonances between rhetoric and poetics and given the continued lack of recognition for women theorists in rhetorical studies.
- Author BiographySharon J. Kirsch is an assistant professor of English and rhetorical studies in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University, USA. She is coeditor of Primary Stein and the author of articles and reviews that have appeared in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Rhetoric Review, Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, The Feminist Wire , and Trivia: Voices of Feminism .
- Author(s)Sharon J. Kirsch
- PublisherThe University of Alabama Press
- Date of Publication30/11/2014
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationAlabama
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of Alabama Press
- Weight590 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Edition Statement2nd
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