Performative Rhetorics Resources


Other Texts I Wish We Had Time To Discuss
(No particular order )

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Riley, Denise. Introduction and Chapter 1 from Impersonal Passion: Language and Affect. Duke UP, 2005. 

Deleuze, Gilles and Felix Guattari. “Postulates of Linguistics.” A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia. Trans. Brian Massumi. University of Minnesota, 1993: 75-110

Emile Benvenist. Problems in General Linguistics. Trans. Mary Elizabeth Meek. University of Miami Press, 1971. (Especially chapter 22: “Analytical Philosophy and Language.” Benveniste argues that the constative/performative distinction must be maintained in order to preserve the integrity of analytic philosophy).

Lloyd Bitzer. “The Rhetorical Situation.” Philosophy and Rhetoric 1 (1968): 1-14.

Richard E. Vatz. “The Myth of the Rhetorical Situation.” Philosophy and Rhetoric 6 (1973): 154-61.

Barbara Biesecker. “Rethinking the Rhetorical Situation from Within the Thematic of Differance.”Philosophy and Rhetoric 22 (1989): 110-130.

Michelle Ballif. “Seducing Composition: A Challenge to Identity-Disclosing Pedagogies.” Rhetoric Review 16.1 (Fall 1997): 76-91.

Victor Vitanza. “Concerning a postclassical ethos as para/rhetorical ethics, the ‘selphs,’ and the excluded third.” In James S. Baumlin & Tita French Baumlin (Eds.), Ethos: New essays in rhetorical and critical theory. Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 1994. 380-431.

Victor Vitanza. Negation, Subjectivity, and the History of Rhetoric. SUNY, 1996. (For its performative style.)

Kenneth Burke. Language as Symbolic Action and Rhetoric of Motives

Louis Althusser. “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses : Notes Toward an Investigation.” In Lenin and philosophy, and other essays. Trans. Ben Brewster. Monthly Review Press: 85-126. Also here: (on the hail)

Elaine Scarry. “Speech Acts in Criminal Cases.” In Peter Brooks and Paul Gewirtz’s Law’s Stories: Narrative and Rhetoric in the Law. Yale University Press, 1998: 165-74.

Avital Ronell. “On the Unrelenting Creepiness of Childhood: Lyotard Kid-Tested.” In Minima Memoria, Essays in the Wake of Jean-François Lyotard, edited by Claire Nouvet, Zrinka Stahuljak, and Kent Still, Stanford University, and simultaneously in The UberReader: Selected Works of Avital Ronell, edited by Diane Davis, University of Illinois Press. (This piece devotes itself to “the call,” which is not quite the same as the “hail,” and which we won’t have time to delve into in this course.)

Avital Ronell. The Telephone Book: Technology, Schizophrenia, Electric Speech. University of Nebraska Press, 1989. (for its performative style)

Avital Ronell. Crack Wars: Literature, Addiction, Mania. University of Nebraska Press, 1992. (for its performative style)

Avital Ronell. “On the Misery of Theory Without Poetry: Heidegger’s Reading of Holderlin’s ‘Andenken.’” PMLA120.1 (2005):16-32. (on the performativity of the greeting)

Avital Ronell. “The Sujet Suppositaire.” Finitude’s Score: Essays for the End of the Millennium. Nebraska UP, 1994: 105-128

Paul de Man. “Promises (Social Contract).” Allegories of Reading. Yale UP, 1979. pp. 247-277.

Paul de Man. “The Concept of Irony.” Aesthetic Ideology. Ed. Andrzej Warminski. University of Minnesota P, 1996. pp. 163-184.

Paul de Man. “Shelley Disfigured.” The Rhetoric of Romanticism. Columbia UP, 1984. pp. 93-123.

Jacques Derrida. Without Alibi. Trans. Peggy Kamuf. Stanford UP, 2002. (a collection of essays on various performatives: the lie, the promise, professions of faith, etc. One entry, “Typewriter Ribbon: Limited Ink (2)” refers explicitly to Limited Inc, continuing the examination of the intersection of intentionality and iterability.)

Jacques Derrida. Glas. University of Nebraska Press, 1990. (for its performative style)

Michel Foucault. Fearless Speech. MIT Press, 2001.

  1. Hillis Miller. Speech Acts in Literature. Stanford UP, 2001.

Richard Ofshe and Ethan Watters. Making Monsters: False Memories, Psychotherapy, and Sexual Hysteria. University of California Press, 1996. (On Repressed Memory Therapy, aka: False Memory Syndrome)

Gorgias. “Encomium of Helen”

Plato. Phaedrus

Lacan, Jacques. “The Function and Field of Speech and Language in Psychoanalysis.” Écrits: A Selection. Trans. Alan Sheridan. Norton, 1977: 30-113.

Heidegger, Martin. On the Way to Language. Trans. Peter D. Hertz. Harper and Row, 1971.

Heidegger, Martin. Poetry, Language, Thought. Trans. Albert Hofstadter. Harper and Row, 1971.

Levinas, Emmanuel. Otherwise Than Being. Trans. Alphonso Lingis. Duquesne UP, 1998.

Blanchot, Maurice. “Literature and the Right to Death.” In The Work of Fire. Trans. Charlotte Mandell. Stanford UP, 1995.

Critchley, Simon. Very Little. . .Almost Nothing. Routledge, 1997.