Michael L. McGinnis

Graduate Student in Rhetoric and Composition

My Web Presences

Personal Weblogs

Foolscap 1.0

My original weblog, started for English 6010: Teaching Practicum, under the instruction of Dr. Jeff Rice.

Foolscap 2.0

My current weblog, which I have hosted on WordPress.com since July 2007.

Mild Sauce

My occasionally-updated comic strip weblog, chronicling the comic (mis)adventures of my alter ego, Mild Sauce.

Coursework Weblogs

Bodies of Persuasion (Fall2007)

From Dr. Jeff Pruchnic’s course description:

When Aristotle defined deductive reasoning as “the body of persuasion” in the Rhetoric he largely purged the discipline of its preexisting concern with the connection between physical embodiment and forces of persuasion. During the past decade these repressed elements — and their related structures of affect, performativity, materiality, and sensation — have returned with a vengeance to rhetorical studies. In this seminar we will examine both the importance of embodiment to the origins of rhetoric as well as its more current return(s): how the body has emerged as a problem for critical thought in the past and the questions it provokes for rhetoric, politics, and ethics in the present. Though grounded in current and emergent rhetorical theory, this seminar will draw on an interdisciplinary range of critical studies into embodiment and its relation to persuasion (including literary and cultural studies, film, neuroscience, and psychology). Our tentative list of readings includes texts by Giorgia Agamben, J. L. Austin, Jonathan Beller, Lauren Berlant, Kenneth Burke, William S. Burroughs, Judith Butler, William E. Connolly, Manuel DeLanda, Deleuze, Derrida, Richard Doyle, Epictetus, Foucault, Gorgias, Richard Grusin, Guattari, Michael Hardt, Debra Hawhee, Heidegger, Isocrates, Fredric Jameson, Kafka, Maurizio Lazzarato, Richard Marback, Brian Massumi, Jeffrey T. Nealon, Nietzsche, Plato, Plutarch, Brian Rotman, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Bernard Stiegler, and Michael Warner.

Untimely Mediations (Winter 2008)

From Dr. Jeff Pruchnic’s directed study description:

Untimely Mediations: Ancient Rhetorics and Emergent Technologies

The itinerary for this directed study begins through a solid engagement with sophistry and pre-Socratic rhetorics before branching off into questions concerning the possible return of sophistic strategies in relation to contemporary information technologies. Texts include works by Gorgias, Aristophanes, Isocrates, Plato, Hegel, Foucault, Deleuze, Alexander Galloway, Leroi-Gourhan, Merlin Donald, Jeffrey Walker, Kathleen Welch, Jeffrey T. Nealon, Marx, Bernard Steigler, Werner Jaeger, Derrida, Lacan, Bataille, Isabelle Stengers, and Zizek.

Writing Machines (Fall 2008)

From Dr. Jeff Pruchnic’s course description:

Writing Machines is designed to introduce students to the increased focus within English Studies on the rhetorics, politics, and aesthetics of new media and information technologies. Topics covered will include the relationship between episteme and tekhne in the Western philosophical tradition, the impact of technology on contemporary critical and cultural theory, and, most generally, the kind of work on and with new media and its associated vectors that takes place within English Studies. Although this is a Rhetoric/Composition course, we will spend equal time engaging work within philosophy, film and television studies, economics, and literary studies. Our list of texts includes works by Adam Banks, Jonathan Bellar, Richard Dienst, Deleuze, Derrida, Johndan Johnson-Eilola, Alexander Galloway, N. Katherine Hayles, Jeffrey T. Nealon, Bernard Stiegler, Stuart Selber, and Paulo Virno.


Written by mlmcginnis

26 September, 2008 at 1:40 pm

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