By Matthew S. May
During this thesis I reconsider the materiality of rhetoric in a minor key. I evaluation
poststructural and psychoanalytic endeavors to place rhetoric from in the
postmodern and poststructural critique of the topic. I flow past the good judgment of
influence (dependent on a mistaken belief of item) and hermeneutics (the
correspondingly mistaken methodology). In thisendeavor, I basically enlist Deleuze and
Guattari (1987) for a conceptual equipment that enlivens the “thinness” of rhetoric’s
(neo)Aristotelian conceptual layout (cf. Gaonkar, 1997a, 1997b). I provide Monster(2003)
as a case examine, interpreting the discursive expression of nondiscursive summary machines to
draw out the reterritorializations of the latter. spotting the impossibility of entire
reterritorialization I map one artifact that reinvests distinction in itself, Dancer within the
Dark(2000). ultimately, within the epilogue I offer a short recapitulation of youth politics,
and provide a summarization of the application of rhetoric.
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In order to insure the production of a semistable series, the face must organize (reterritorialize) all of the (relatively deterritorialized) signifiers it comes into contact with into an organization that is suitable to its own reproduction: selection and sedimentation. Those signs or affective sign particles that do not “pass” the test of the face—“everything that resisted signifying signs, everything that eluded the referral from sign to sign through the different circles” (p. 116)—are designated as the scapegoat: the difference that challenges the reach of the signifying regime that must therefore be expiated and destroyed.
90), the critic should be on guard against three methodological precautions. First, the critic should not concern herself with “the regulated and legitimate forms of power in their central locations” (p. 96). Instead, the critic is obliged to seek power in its capillary points. Second, the critic is urged against analysis concerning the intentional and conscious use of power; rather “what is needed is a study of power in its external visage, at the point where it is in direct immediate relationship with that which we can provisionally call its object, its target, its field of application” (p.