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Material Inscriptions: Rhetorical Reading in Practice and Theory

Andrzej Warminski


This book provides readings of literary and philosophical texts that work through the rhetoric of tropes to the material inscription at the origin of these texts. The book focuses on the practice and pedagogical value of rhetorical reading. Its readings follow an itinerary from poetic texts (such as those by Wordsworth and Keats) through theoretical or philosophical texts (by Descartes and Nietzsche) to narrative fiction (by Henry James). The book also contains two chapters on Paul de Man and literary theory and an interview on the topic of ‘Deconstruction at Yale’. All three of these latter t ... More

Keywords: rhetoric of tropes, rhetorical reading, Wordsworth, Keats, Descartes, Nietzsche, Henry James, Paul de Man, literary theory, deconstructive reading

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780748681228
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrzej Warminski, author
University of California, Irvine