The Rhetoric of "Jesus": Towards a Theory of "Constitutive Characters"

Bryan Picciotto

Description

This project advances a new theory of communication, stemming from previous research in "constitutive rhetoric." It focuses on a new domain of constitutive rhetoric, termed, "constitutive characters." The essential argument of "constitutive characters" is that, when people talk about characters (i.e., Superman, Robin Hood, etc.), they are not increasing our knowledge of characters -- as if to give us a better understanding of the character's identity. Rather, the rhetoric of characters gives us a better understanding of the person or people talking about the character -- it gives us a better understanding of the person or group's identity. Therefore, this project argues that characters function as a rhetorical device to advance a person or group's identity. This project specifically critiques how different people talk about Jesus to reveal how they are actually talking themselves.

 
Apr 26th, 3:00 PM

The Rhetoric of "Jesus": Towards a Theory of "Constitutive Characters"

Edwards 106A

This project advances a new theory of communication, stemming from previous research in "constitutive rhetoric." It focuses on a new domain of constitutive rhetoric, termed, "constitutive characters." The essential argument of "constitutive characters" is that, when people talk about characters (i.e., Superman, Robin Hood, etc.), they are not increasing our knowledge of characters -- as if to give us a better understanding of the character's identity. Rather, the rhetoric of characters gives us a better understanding of the person or people talking about the character -- it gives us a better understanding of the person or group's identity. Therefore, this project argues that characters function as a rhetorical device to advance a person or group's identity. This project specifically critiques how different people talk about Jesus to reveal how they are actually talking themselves.