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Book Chapters & Articles in Refereed Journals

“Jameson, Burke, and the Virus of Suggestion: Between Ideology and Rhetoric.” Henry James Review 36.3 (2015): 280-87. Print. Accepted, forthcoming.

This contribution to the HJR’s special forum on “Jameson and James” uses the example of Henry James’s The Spoils of Poynton to elucidate and comment on critical disagreements that Fredric Jameson and Kenneth Burke famously voiced in the pages of Critical Inquiry — commenting in particular on their respective positions as ideological and rhetorical critics.

ethos“The Cinematic Topos of Disability and the Case of Avatar: A Rhetorical Critique.” Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics 2.2 (2015): 40-59. Web.

An analysis of how images of disability circulate as rhetorical topoi in Hollywood film. The essay concludes with a specific look at James Cameron’s Avatar.

“Picking Up the Fragments of the 2012 Election: Memes, Topoi, and Political Rhetoric.” Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society 5.1 (2015). Web.

An essay on the challenges that Internet memes bring to rhetorical theory and political praxis, focusing specifically on how Mitt Romney’s gaffe “binders full of women” worked as a sort of rhetorical topos.

“The Audiovisual Palimpsest: Rhetoric, Poetics, and Heteroglossia in Mystery Science Theater 3000.” Reading Mystery Science Theater 3000: Critical Approaches. Ed. Shelley S. Rees. Lanham: Scarecrow, 2013. 13-29 [lead chapter]. Print.

A Bakhtinian/rhetorical commentary on the cult classic TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000. As part of an effort to view rhetoric and poetics as more of a mutually constituting continuum than a binary, I discuss how the interplay of voices in MST3K allows certain rhetorical relationships and disallows others.

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Wetherbee, Ben, and Stephanie Weaver. “‘You Know the Business and I Know the Chemistry’: The Scientific Ethos of Breaking Bad.” Excursions 4.1 (2013). [17 pp.] Web.

Stephanie Weaver and I wrote this rhetorical commentary on the hit show Breaking Bad in order to explore how “serious” drama fiction can use scientific imagery and discourse for persuasive effect — all while eluding the label of “science fiction.”

“Toward a Polyphonic Model of Student Coauthorship: A Response to Joseph Harris and Julie Lindquist.” JAC 32.3-4 (2012): 743-51. Print.

This response essay invokes Bakhtin’s discourse theory, and elaborates on several of Harris and Lindquist’s ideas (from their pieces in the same issue of JAC), in order to speculate about how students’ voices might receive fuller representation in our research.

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Book Reviews

“The Descent of Evolutionism.” Review of Rhetorical Darwinism: Religion, Evolution, and the Scientific Identity by Thomas M. Lessl. Enculturation 18 (2015). Web.

A short review of Lessl’s 2012 book, highlighting the author’s contributions to rhetorical theory, as well as the book’s implications for scientific advocacy.

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Textbook Contribution

“Progressive Profiteering: The Appeal and Argumentation of Avatar.” Inventing Arguments. By John Mauk and John Metz. 3rd ed. Boston: Wadsworth, 2013. 120-22. Print.

My friend John Mauk commissioned this short essay for the Rhetorical Analysis section of his writing textbook, which is now in its third edition.

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Creative Writing

“Schrödinger’s Wrist Shot” [fiction]. Echo Cognitio Founding ed. (2013): 26-28. Print.

A short work of Midwestern Gothic published in a journal of scholarship and creative writing maintained by students at Oakland University.

“Bogie’s End” [fiction]. Xylem: The University of Michigan Undergraduate Literary Journal 18 (2008): 62-65. Print.

“Casablanca” [poem]. Dunes Review: Literary Journal of Northern Michigan 9.1 (2004). 5. Print.

Posted October 17, 2011 by Ben

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