By Matthew S. May
During this thesis I reconsider the materiality of rhetoric in a minor key. I evaluation
poststructural and psychoanalytic endeavors to place rhetoric from in the
postmodern and poststructural critique of the topic. I movement past the common sense of
influence (dependent on a wrong notion of item) and hermeneutics (the
correspondingly incorrect methodology). In thisendeavor, I basically enlist Deleuze and
Guattari (1987) for a conceptual equipment that enlivens the “thinness” of rhetoric’s
(neo)Aristotelian conceptual layout (cf. Gaonkar, 1997a, 1997b). I provide Monster(2003)
as a case learn, examining the discursive expression of nondiscursive summary machines to
draw out the reterritorializations of the latter. spotting the impossibility of whole
reterritorialization I map one artifact that reinvests distinction in itself, Dancer within the
Dark(2000). ultimately, within the epilogue I supply a quick recapitulation of youth politics,
and provide a summarization of the application of rhetoric.
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