• The Department of Rhetoric Welcomes Visiting Professor Dr. Luciana Parisi from Goldsmiths College London


      The Department of Rhetoric is very pleased to welcome Luciana Parisi as Visiting Professor for the Fall Semester.  Dr. Parisi is Reader in Cultural Theory, Chair of the PhD programme at the Centre for Cultural Studies, and co-director of the Digital Culture Unit, Goldsmiths University of London, UK. Her research draws on continental philosophy to investigate  ontological and epistemological transformations driven by the function… read more

  • Congratulations to Rhetoric Graduates and Rhetoric Award Winners


    The Rhetoric Department congratulates all our 2017 Undergraduate Seniors!   In addition, the department especially recognizes the following recipients of the Rhetoric Undergraduate Awards: Benjamin Malings, Departmental Citation Award Rory Jacobson, Best Honors Thesis Brian Gialketsis, Rhetoric in Action read more

  • Commencement Ceremony 2017 & Keynote Speaker


    The Spring 2017 Rhetoric and Film commencement will be held Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Zellerbach Auditorium. The Reception to follow will be in Ishi Court! We are also excited to announce that Jody Lewen will be this year's Keynote Speaker. Jody Lewen received an M.A. in philosophy and comparative literature from Freie Universität, Berlin and her Ph.D. in Rhetoric from UC Berkeley in 2003.   Jody is the Executive Director of the Prison… read more

  • Alumni News: New Book by Julia Jarcho (Rhetoric PhD 2013)


    Julia Jarcho (PhD Rhetoric, 2013), Assistant Professor of English at NYU, has just published a new book: Writing and the Modern Stage: Theater Beyond Drama (Cambridge University Press, 2017)  read more

  • Cal Day Event: Rhetoric Show & Tell: Narrative, Theory, Discourse


    Come see Rhetoric Honors Program undergraduate students present their honors thesis projects. These projects are the culmination of a year's worth of work and research in a range of topics of their choosing in the field of Rhetoric.This event occurs every year on Cal Day for all to see! Event Details:  April 22, 2017 | 1:00 - 4:00 PM | 142 Dwinelle  The reception at… read more

  • Congratulations, Samera Esmeir – ACLS Fellowship


    Congratulations to Rhetoric Associate Professor Samera Esmeir, who has received an ACLS Fellowship for 2017! Her project is entitled "The Struggle that Remains: Between the World and the International." The ACLS Fellowship Program awards fellowships to individual scholars working in the humanities and related social sciences. Institutions and individuals contribute to the ACLS Fellowship Program and its endowment, including The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the… read more

  • Recent Volumes edited by Rhetoric Faculty


    David Bates with Nima Bassiri on the Neural Subject Shannon Jackson with Julia Bryan-Wilson on Durational Art Shannon Jackson with Johanna Burton and Dominic Willsdon on Publicly-Engaged Art Winnie Wong with Mary Ann O'Donnell and Jonathan Bach on Shenzhen, China   Explore books, edited volumes and films by Rhetoric faculty read more

  • Recent Articles by Rhetoric Faculty


    Pheng Cheah on Tsai Ming-Liang's I Don't Want to Sleep Alone in A New Literary History of Modern China Trinh Minh-ha on March Eleven in Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas Shannon Jackson with Paula Marincola on Keywords in Performance Michael Mascuch with Rudolf Dekker and Ariana Baggerman on Egodocuments and History in The Historian James Porter on Beauty, Value and the Aesthetics of… read more

  • New Book by James I. Porter: The Sublime in Antiquity


    Current understandings of the sublime are focused by a single word ('sublimity') and by a single author ('Longinus'). The sublime is not a word: it is a concept and an experience, or rather a whole range of ideas, meanings and experiences that are embedded in conceptual and experiential patterns. Once we train our sights on these patterns a radically different prospect on the sublime in… read more

  • Alumni News: New Book by Rhetoric Alumnus Benjamin Morgan


    Benjamin Morgan, now Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Chicago, has published a new book, The Outward Mind: Materialistic Aesthetics in Victorian Science and Literature. read more