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rhetoric and violence



Submitted by John W. Pell on September 16, 2011 - 12:21pm

"Horrific: Student Stabbed to Death by Roommate." ( As a teacher devoted to undergraduate education, I read these types of headlines and my heart aches for the members of these campus communities as they try to make sense of such tragic events.


Strangulation and Gender

Submitted by syntaxfactory on August 28, 2011 - 9:18am

When I was a grad student, Robin Brown started one of his seminars with three questions he felt graduate students in the humanities had to come to some individual answer to. (This was in the 1990s.) One of the was: Did it matter that Althusser killed his wife?

The story, as recounted in an InsideHigherEd piece, went like this:


Symbolic Violence Conference

Submitted by syntaxfactory on April 16, 2011 - 12:17pm

Symbolic Violence Conference
Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 4:00pm - Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 1:00pm

Call for Papers, "Symbolic Violence Conference," Texas A&M University, March 1-4, 2012


History Matters

Submitted by Jim Aune on January 17, 2011 - 3:31pm

The "impression from Bloom’s masterful study is that the history of protest is a history of hate. Typical mid twentieth century demonstrators burned effigies of the Pope. Bloom relates one such ritual where the Pontiff’s head was stuffed with live cats so that the effigy would appear to scream as it burned. (Never underestimate the inventive cruelty of the sectarian mind.)"


Violent Rhetoric: The View from Poli Sci

Submitted by Jim Aune on January 17, 2011 - 3:05pm

Here. And let the choir of rhetoricians say "Meh."


Benjamin on Mythic and Divine Violence

Submitted by Jim Aune on January 11, 2011 - 12:26am

Walter Benjamin's great essay. Seems relevant at the moment, somehow. And Derrida's commentary (bilingual). And another set of commentaries, including one by our own Ken Rufo. And an issue of Colloquy.


A Grammar and Rhetoric of Motives

Submitted by Jim Aune on January 10, 2011 - 9:20pm

Stephen Budiansky makes the point I've been groping for since Saturday: "For as long as I can remember, I have heard conservatives blaming everything that is wrong in the universe, from violent crime to declining test scores to teen pregnancy to rude children to declining patriotism to probably athlete's foot . . . upon Dr.