Ph.D. Rhetoric, University
of California, Berkeley, 1985 History Department of English, Penn State,
Department of English, EmoryUniversity, 2000-2004
Department of Rhetoric &
Writing, University of
Texas at Austin,
Teaching & Research Interests Rhetorical Theory, History of
Rhetoric, Rhetoric & Poetics
Classical & Byzantine Rhetoric
Rhetorical Pedagogy & the
Teaching of Writing American Literature, American &
verse, for the young emperor-to-be Michael VII Doukas). This translation replaces the
rougher version that appeared in Rhetoric Society Quarterly 31.1 (2001). To read this
text, click on the link.
and the Canons of Style."
Companion to Ancient Aesthetics. Malden, Mass.:
Blackwell, forthcoming 2012. 25 pp. ms.
"Ancient Greek Rhetoric and Poetics."
in Oxford Handbook of
Rhetorical Studies. New York: Oxford UP, forthcoming
2012. 23 pp. ms.
"Rhetoric and Poetics"
in The International
Encyclopedia of Communication (Blackwell, 2008).
"The Place of 'Theory' in Ancient Rhetoric," inPapers on Rhetoric, ed. Lucia
Montefucso (Rome: Herder, 2006).
"What Difference A Definition Makes, or, William Dean
Howells and the Sophist's Shoes," inRhetoric Society Quarterly 36.2
"Mime, Comedy, Sophistry:
Speculations on the Origins of Rhetoric," inAdvances in the History of
Rhetoric Volume 8, ed. Robert Gaines (College Park: ASHR, 2005).
Aristides" and "Dionysius of Halicarnassus," inClassical Rhetorics
and Rhetoricians, eds. Michelle Balliff
and Mike Moran (Praeger, 2005).
"These Things I Have Not Betrayed:
Michael Psellos’ Encomium of His
Mother as a Defense of Rhetoric," Rhetorica 22.1 (2004).
on Rhetoric: A Translation and Commentary on Psellos’ Synopsis of Hermogenes," Rhetoric Society Quarterly 31.1 (2001) [Rhetoric
Society of AmericaKneupper Award for best article in
RSQ for 2001].
"Pathos and Katharsis
in ‘Aristotelian’ Rhetoric: Some Implications," inRereading Aristotle’s Rhetoric,
ed. Alan Gross and Art Walzer (SIU
"The View from Halicarnassus: Aristotelianism
and the Rhetoric of Epideictic Song," inDefinitions of Lyric: Theory,
Technology, and Culture, ed. Mark Jeffreys
(Garland, 1998) [reprint/revision
of "Aristotle’s Lyric: Re-Imagining the Rhetoric of Epideictic
Song," College English 51.1 (1989)].
"Before the Beginnings of ‘Poetry’
and ‘Rhetoric’: Hesiod on Eloquence," Rhetorica 14.3 (1996).
"The Body of Persuasion: A Theory
of the Enthymeme," College
"Enthymemes of Anger in Cicero and
Thomas Paine," inConstructing Rhetorical Education,
ed. Marie Secor and DavidaCharney
(SIU Press, 1992).
"The 'Painful Pointlessness
of Aristotle': Rhet.Alex. 1-2 and Rhetoric 1.3-8."
International Society for
the History of Rhetoric, Bologna, July 2011.
"Encomium of the Fig: Poetry in Ancient Rhetorical
Invited Lecture. University of Pittsburgh, October 2010.
"History as Rhetorical Theory: The Roman Antiquities
of Dionysius of Halicarnassus."
Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference, Minneapolis,
"Isocrates’ Archidamus as Declamation, Technê,
International Society for the History of Rhetoric, Montreal,
"Rhetorical Education in Antiquity: Isocrates to
Invited lecture. University of Memphis, Department of
Communication, November 2008.
"Declamation as Civic Theater: Aelius Aristides' 'Sicilian'
Conference on College Composition and Communication, New York, March 2007.
"Two Cheers for Antonius: Rereading
De Oratore." Rhetoric Society of America
Biennial Conference, Memphis, May 2006.
"The Place of
‘Theory’ in Ancient Rhetoric." International Society for the
History of Rhetoric, Los Angeles, July 2005.
Rhetoric in Antiquity." One-day
seminar, at Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Institute, KentStateUniversity,
"What Difference A Definition
Makes, Or, William Dean Howells and the Sophist’s Shoes." Symposium on Revisionist Classical
Rhetorics, University of Pittsburgh,
"Erasmus Meets Burke, and They Talk
about Cicero." Rhetoric Society of America
Biennial Conference, San Antonio, May 2004.
"Mime, Comedy, Sophistry:
Speculations on the Origins of Rhetoric." Conference on College Composition
and Communication [CCCC], San Antonio, March 2004.
"The First and Divine Fountain of
Thought: Michael Psellos’ Encomium
of His Mother as a Defense of Rhetoric," Rhetoric Society of America
Biennial Conference, Las Vegas, May 2002.
"Perspective by Incongruity: Ptochoprodromos and the End of
Literature," Kenneth Burke Lecture, PennStateUniversity, April 2002.
"The Place of Theory in Later
Sophistic Pedagogy: Dionysius, Hermogenes,
and Others," MLA, Washington, DC, December 2000.
"Rhetoric as an ‘Amulet of
Justice’: Apuleius’ Apologia (De Magia)," keynote address, American Society
for the History of Rhetoric Annual Conference, Chicago, November 1997, & Conference on College
Composition and Communication [CCCC], Atlanta, March 1999.
Honors & Awards
Summer Fellow in Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks,
Washington DC, summer 2012
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2007-08,
for The Genuine Teachers of
This Art: Rhetorical Education in Antiquity
Named a Fellow of the Rhetoric Society of America, 2006
Kneupper Award for the best article in Rhetoric Society Quarterly, 2001
Visiting Senior Associate, American School of Classical Studies,
Fulbright Lecturer, University of Athens, Greece,
Courses Taught (at UT):
RHE309S: Critical Reading and Persuasive Writing
RHE321: Principles of
Rhetoric RHE330D (History of
Rhetoric): Classical to Modern Rhetoric RHE330D (History of Rhetoric): Sophistry and the Invention of
Rhetoric RHE 330E (Rhetorical Theory
and Analysis): Declamation and Civic Theater RHE330E (Rhetorical Theory and Analysis): Modernist Rhetoric
Graduate: E387M: Classical Rhetoric (Through the Centuries)
E387M: Rhetoric & Poetics, Ancient to Modern
E387M: Modernist Rhetoric & Poetics Sloagans:
DYNASTĒS MEGAS ESTIN.
Speech is a
-- Gorgias of Leontini
(Encomium of Helen 8)
ESTŌ DE RHĒTORIKĒ DYNAMIS
PERI HEKASTON TOU THEŌRESAI TO ENDECHOMENON PITHANON.
Let rhetoric be
a faculty of observing in
each case the possibly persuasive.