Toronto Semiotic Circle Lecture Series
Harris Lecture: Computational Rhetoric Begets the Chiastic Suite
Prof. Randy Allen Harris
University of Waterloo
A place for everything and everything in its place? Rhetoricians in aggregate have been extraordinarily negligent in our categorization, curation, and analysis of the neurocognitive phenomena we call rhetorical figures. The case in point for this talk goes by the name chiasmus, though, in some neighbourhoods they know it as antimetabole; or antimetathesis, or commutatio, or counterchange, or hysteron proteron, or permutatio; or, in deepest cover, the reversible raincoat. Sometimes it looks one way, sometimes another; sometimes it is defined one way, sometimes another. This welter of phenomena and names couldn't be more ragged and disordered if it were part of a Trumpian disinformation campaign.
Taking a top-down approach and defining chiasmus as the reverse repetition of at least two of linguistic constituents, I will outline a suite of chiastic figures, roughing in the contours of the rhetorical functions they serve, the neurocognitive affinities they activate, and the inconicities they realize.
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Date & Time
Wed, 11 April 2018
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT
80 Gould St.
RCC 204 (Rogers Communications Centre)
Toronto, ON M5B 2M7