Breaking Up (at) Totality

Breaking Up (at) Totality

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Rhetoric and composition theory has shown a renewed interest in sophistic countertraditions, as seen in the work of such qpostphilosophersq as Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and HAclAune Cixous, and of such rhetoricians as Susan Jarratt and Steven Mailloux. As D. Diane Davis traces todaya€™s theoretical interest to those countertraditions, she also sets her sights beyond them. Davis takes a a€œthird sophisticsa€ approach, one that focuses on the play of language that perpetually disrupts the a€œeither/ora€ binary construction of dialectic. She concentrates on the nonsequential thirda€”excessa€”that overflows languagea€™s dichotomies. In this work, laughter operates as a trope for disruption or breaking up, which is, from Davisa€™s perspective, a joyfully destructive shattering of our confining conceptual frameworks.Haynes notes, aquot;neither the fugitive nor the fortress mentality will stave off the electronic revolutionaquot; (9). ... to a MOO to see a community where everything is writing, or surf the World Wide Web and download all the text you wantaquot; (aquot;Lossaquot; 9- 10).

Title:Breaking Up (at) Totality
Author:Debra Diane Davis
Publisher:SIU Press - 2000-01-01


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