A Revolution in Tropes

A Revolution in Tropes : Alloiostrophic Rhetoric

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A Revolution in Tropes is a groundbreaking study of rhetoric and tropes. Theorizing new ways of seeing rhetoric and its relationship with democratic deliberation, Jane Sutton and Mari Lee Mifsud explore and display alloiosis as a trope of difference, exception, and radical otherness. Their argument centers on Aristotle's theory of rhetoric through particular tropes of similarity that sustained a vision of civic discourse but at the same time underutilized tropes of difference. When this vision is revolutionized, democratic deliberation can perform and advance its ends of equality, justice, and freedom. Marie-Odile N. Hobeika and Michele Kennerly join Sutton and Mifsud in pushing the limits of rhetoric by engaging rhetoric alloiostrophically. Their collective efforts work to display the possibilities of what rhetoric can be. A Revolution in Tropes will appeal to scholars of rhetoric, philosophy, and communicationshow more

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  • Hardback | 156 pages
  • 154.94 x 238.76 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 8 tables
  • 0739195042
  • 9780739195048

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An original advance in the study of rhetorical theory, this book offers fine scholarship on the trope alloiosis. Having discovered this trope and its various definitions in ancient works and on a few lists of tropes over history, Sutton and Mifsud introduce alloiosis with the intent of revolutionizing rhetoric. They explain tropes of change as categorized in four systems: substitution, subtraction, addition, and transposition. The last three are governed by the figure of transmutation, alloiosis being one of transposition. This trope of difference allows rhetoric's focus to turn from delimited horizons of possibilities to open, ongoing movement toward the unfamiliar and alien and thus invention. Rhetoric, based on Aristotle's concept of a world at rest, is thus turned toward the concept of a world in flux. The authors argue that with the trope of alloiosis, rhetoric is capable of seeing what is illogical in certain logics about strangers (i.e., others and difference), the strengths of difference, and what has been preventive in the rhetoric of democratic deliberation. Here the authors note the interconnectedness of rhetoric, Earth, and polis. Valuable for those interested in rhetoric, speech, law, philosophy, and communication. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty. CHOICE "Alloiostrophic Rhetoric is indeed a tropic revolution for rhetorical studies. Sutton and Mifsud provoke the discipline to turn toward difference, to enact a rhetorical choreography that moves in concert with the alien, that embraces radical diversity, and that invites a space for otherness. Returning rhetoric to its tropological force, Sutton and Mifsud make rhetoric rhetorical." -- Michelle Ballif, University of Georgia "The concept of the trope is easy to summon forth but hard to understand. Jane Sutton and Mari Lee Mifsud have put forward an engaging and inventive examination of this intriguing rhetorical concept. Uniting similarity and enforcing difference, A Revolution in Tropes: Alloiostrophic Rhetoric productively adds to our understanding of what we do when we use language." -- Scott R. Stroud, University of Texas at Austin "An original and thought-provoking approach to rhetoric." -- Maurice Charland, Concordia Universityshow more

About Jane S. Sutton

Jane S. Sutton is professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State York. Mari Lee Mifsud is associate professor of rhetoric and women, gender, and sexuality studies at the University of Richmond.show more

Table of contents

Introduction: A Revolution in Tropes, Jane S. Sutton and Mari Lee Mifsud Chapter 1: Figuring Rhetoric: From Antistrophe to Alloiostrophe, Jane S. Sutton and Mari Lee Mifsud Chapter 2: The Earth is not at Rest and Neither Should Be Rhetoric, Jane S. Sutton Chapter 3: Essay as Parataxis: Theorizing Alloiosis, Marie-Odile N. Hobeika Chapter 4: Beyond Syntax and Cities at War: Doing History and Theory Alloiostrophically, Mari Lee Mifsud Chapter 5: An Alloiotrophic Addition, Michele Kennerly Conclusion: A Chora Afterword by way of a Fragment and a Riddle, Jane S. Suttonshow more