Jeffrey Walker
Professor & Chair, Department of Rhetoric & Writing
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station, B5500
Austin
, Texas, 78712-0200


Office: Parlin 3  |  512-471-6109
email me

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brief cv selected publications & papers honors & awards  /  courses taught  /  sloagans  

JW January 2012
 
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Brief CV:

Education
 
Ph.D. Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley, 1985
 
History
 
Department of English, Penn State, 1985-2000
 
Department of English, Emory University, 2000-2004
 
Department of Rhetoric & Writing, University of Texas at Austin, 2004-now
 
Teaching & Research Interests
 
Rhetorical Theory, History of Rhetoric, Rhetoric & Poetics

Classical & Byzantine Rhetoric
 
Rhetorical Pedagogy & the Teaching of Writing
 
American Literature, American & Modern Poetry
 
 
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Selected Publications & Papers
 
Books:
 
The Genuine Teachers of This Art: Rhetorical Education in Antiquity
(University of South Carolina Press, 2011).


Rhetoric and Poetics in Antiquity

(Oxford University Press, 2000).

 
Bardic Ethos and the American Epic Poem: Whitman, Pound, Crane, Williams, Olson
(LSU Press, 1989).


Rhetorical Analysis: A Brief Guide for Writers
(Longman, 2011), with Mark Garrett Longaker.
 
Investigating Arguments: Readings for College Writing
(Houghton Mifflin, 1991), with Glen McClish.

 
Translations:
 
Michael Psellos' Encomium of His Mother: Introduction and Translation,
in Advances in the History of Rhetoric Volume 8, ed. Robert Gaines (College Park: ASHR, 2005).
To read an online version this text, click on the link.
 
Michael Psellos' Synopsis of Rhetoric (in 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.
 
Articles:

"Rhetoric and the Canons of Style."
 in Blackwell 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,"

in Papers on Rhetoric, ed. Lucia Montefucso (Rome: Herder, 2006).
 
"What Difference A Definition Makes, or, William Dean Howells and the Sophist's Shoes,"
in Rhetoric Society Quarterly 36.2 (2006).
 
"Mime, Comedy, Sophistry: Speculations on the Origins of Rhetoric,"
in Advances in the History of Rhetoric Volume 8, ed. Robert Gaines (College Park: ASHR, 2005).
 
"The Institutional History of Rhetoric in North America, after the 18th Century,"
in Historisches Worterbuch der Rhetorik, vol. 7 (Tubingen: Niemeyer, 2005).
To read the original, English version, click on the link.
 
"Aelius Aristides" and "Dionysius of Halicarnassus,"
in Classical 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).
 
"Michael Psellos on Rhetoric: A Translation and Commentary on Psellos’ Synopsis of Hermogenes,"
Rhetoric Society Quarterly 31.1 (2001)
[Rhetoric Society of America Kneupper Award for best article in RSQ for 2001].
 
"Pathos and Katharsis in ‘Aristotelian’ Rhetoric: Some Implications,"
in Rereading Aristotle’s Rhetoric, ed. Alan Gross and Art Walzer (SIU Press, 2000).
 
"Dionysius of Halicarnassus and the Notion of Rhetorical Criticism"
[Dionisio de Halicarnaso y la Idea de "Critica de la Retorica"], in Anuario Filosofico 31.2 (1998).
To read the original, English version, click on the link.
 
"The View from Halicarnassus: Aristotelianism and the Rhetoric of Epideictic Song,"
in Definitions 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 English 56:1 (1994).
 
"Enthymemes of Anger in Cicero and Thomas Paine,"
in Constructing Rhetorical Education, ed. Marie Secor and Davida Charney (SIU Press, 1992).

 
  Conference Presentations & Lectures:  


"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 Education."
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, May 2010.


"Isocrates’ Archidamus as Declamation, Technê, and Philosophia."
International Society for the History of Rhetoric, Montreal, July 2009.

"Rhetorical Education in Antiquity: Isocrates to Hermogenes."
Invited lecture. University of Memphis, Department of Communication, November 2008.

"Declamation as Civic Theater: Aelius Aristides' 'Sicilian' Orations."
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.
 
"Teaching Rhetoric in Antiquity."
One-day seminar, at Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Institute, Kent State University, May 2005.
 
"What Difference A Definition Makes, Or, William Dean Howells and the Sophist’s Shoes."
Symposium on Revisionist Classical Rhetorics, University of Pittsburgh, April 2005.
 
"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.
 
" On Rhetorical Traditions: A Response to Jerzy Axer,"
plenary presentation, Alliance of Rhetoric Societies Inaugural Conference, Northwestern University, September 2003.
To read the text of this paper, click on the link.
 
"Ptochoprodromos, Rhetoric, and the End of Literature,
 International Society for the History of Rhetoric Biennial Conference, Madrid, July 2003.
 
" Memories, Dreams, and Jokes: Some Byzantine Ideas about Rhetorical Education,"
Conference on College Composition and Communication [CCCC], New York, March 2003,
& CHT (Culture History Theory) colloquium, Emory University, October 2003.   To read the text of this paper, click on the link.
 
"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, Penn State University, 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, Spring 2000


Fulbright Lecturer, University of Athens, Greece, Spring 1993



Courses Taught (at UT):

Undergraduate:

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:


LOGOS DYNASTĒS MEGAS ESTIN.

 

Speech is a mighty lord.
 
-- 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.

-- Aristotle (Rhetoric 2.1.1) --

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