Bodies to think with : recasting rhetorical invention as public bodily-thinking
Vealey, Kyle Patrick.
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2011.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. In light of what has been termed "the material turn" in rhetorical theory, this work argues for a model of invention that acknowledges both its bodily and public dimension as inextricably linked. As Don Ihde claims, "we are our body in the sense in which phenomenology understands our motile, perceptual, and emotive being-in-the-world," and as such, our inventive practices should rightly reflect that embodied rootedness (xi). Yet, histo-cultural theories of invention have often designated it as either an objective discovery or subjective creation. Affirmatively oscillating between these two options (and thus negating neither), this work gestures towards a model of invention that takes as its basis the materiality of language; that is, a view of language as already and always spoken, written or read by a body, to a body, or with a body. Opening up invention as a somatic process predicates itself upon a discussion of the inherently public and social dimension of bodily life. To support this assertion, I read invention and inventional practices in light of contemporary cognitive science, specifically Andy Clark's model of extended-mind and Edwin Hutchins' claims for distributed cognition.
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