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Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric
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A society of scholars dedicated to the study of rhetoric.
A society of scholars dedicated to the study of rhetoric.

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Rhetorically appropriate moving lights on the Ryerson Image Center in Toronto

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Our rhetoric conference venue this year is the charming Oakham House at Ryerson University. Starts Tuesday May 30. Looking forward to seeing new & old colleagues!
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A reminder of rhetoric's value. Author of the forthcoming Plato on the Value of Philosophy: The Art of Argument in the Gorgias and Phaedrus, Tushar Irani discusses Plato and thinking about "how rhetoric serves the people on whom it operates."

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A review by artist and writer Alexander Adams on a recent three-volume Kafka biography by Reiner Stach (trans. Shelley Frisch). The book is based on newly-discovered sources of Kafka’s life. Alexander Adams writes, "Stach . . . observes that while there are mountains of academic, theoretical and literary overviews of Kafka, there are few biographies." Possibly important here is a fresh biography on Kafka, a writer with works that unveil real tensions in life but through narratives of the fantastic. In other words, biographies like this might open conversation about the process of creativity among unreal prose made within the stress of real historical times.

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In the March 2017 Literary Review, Catherine Fletcher's "Florence & the Machinator" reviews Erica Benner's "Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli’s Lifelong Quest for Freedom." In this book, Benner attempts to undo long-held misconceptions about Machiavelli. In response, Catherine Fletcher writes, "But has Benner shattered a historical myth or simply created a new one?" Of interest here is the rhetorical impossibilities present in narrative semiotics.

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Regarding affect and rhetoric, here is a book review of Joe Moran's "Shrinking Violets: The Secret Life of Shyness" by Megan Garber, staff writer on culture at The Atlantic. Garber writes, "Shyness, that single emotion that encompasses so many different things—embarrassment, timidity, a fear of rejection, a reluctance to be inconvenient—is, despite its extreme commonality, also extremely mysterious. Is it a mere feeling? A personality-defining condition? A form of anxiety?" 

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On Megan Marshall's new Biography of Elizabeth Bishop (Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), a review from poet Troy Jollimore ("Syllabus of Errors: Poems" from the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets, which is available through Amazon.com and Princeton UP).

Of particular interest here is the exploration of creative anxiety. Rather than pure self confidence in her poetic greatness, Bishop--in her full poetic powers--can still experience inadequacy among her peers. Jollimore writes: "Although proud of her perfectionism, which she claimed to have learned from her friend and mentor Marianne Moore, Bishop at times agonized over the slenderness of her oeuvre."

A question can come from this: how much can our social spaces impact our aesthetic identities?

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Should there be a metrics of finance or a prosody of money? What explains the lack of poetic language about economic plights? Aaron Giovannone, author of The Loneliness Machine, explains. 

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The writer's personae: image and audience regarding Norman Mailer. 

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SCÉR 2017 à Toronto: 30, 31 mai et 1er juin Our association’s meeting dates at the 2017 Congress in Toronto are as follows: / Nous avons été informés que les dates de notre colloque au Congrès de 2017 à Toronto sont : May 30, May 31, June 1 (Tuesday,…
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