Inventing Local Rhetorics: Towards a topographic critical praxis

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This essay offers a pluralized conception of local rhetorics. The local has traditionally been conceived as the backdrop or flat surface where rhetoric/discourse is situated, or at best as a contextual dimension of rhetorical situations. The history of usage of this term––evoking a fix and inert connotation that often indicates a bounded locality or site––has contributed to its neglect as a tool for rhetorical theory, while its actual use in rhetorical praxis has proliferated in conjunction to the turn to field and site-based methodologies and practices. By drawing on fieldwork about the rhetoricity of a post-disaster locality to ground my theoretical reflections, here I offer a conceptualization of local rhetorics via multiple ontologies and ecological theories. Finally, throughout the essay, I suggest a rhetorical-topographic approach as a methodological orientation to integrate existing theoretical and methodological pathways for exploring the multiple rhetoricity of the local.

Keywords: local rhetorics, space, materiality, fieldwork, in-situ methodologies

TidsskriftRes Rhetorica
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)4-28
StatusUdgivet - 24 dec. 2022

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