A CFP for a special session I'll be chairing at this year's Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) conference in Riverside, CA (Oct. 31-Nov. 2)
Yup. Now that I've found this, there's really no reason to keep writing.
While re-reading Kenneth Burke's Counter-Statement (1931), I couldn’t help noticing a thematic similarity between the end of Burke’s “Thomas Mann and Andre Gide” and a chunk from the middle of Derrida’s famous essay, “Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences.” These two passages seem linked in a kind of call-and-response relationship, with … Continue reading Burke and Derrida
Student: “But what does this Cummings poem even MEAN?” Teacher: “Uhh…” Though the student’s question is flawed from the outset—to ask what an E.E. Cummings poem “means” is to miss the point entirely—it remains a common concern for readers approaching these poems for the first time. And if we are to, as Richard Kostelanetz argues … Continue reading The Utilitarian Language of E.E. Cummings
For I.A. Richards, language is not simply a “signaling system” or “code” acting as an appendage to experience, but rather a vital “instrument” constitutive of experience that structures the reality in which we live (Nichols 129). Since two individuals can never share the exact same experiences in life, they must use language as a tool for … Continue reading The Rhetoric of Dreams: I.A. Richards, Martin Luther King, and the American Civil Rights Movement