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At the Feet of Rhetorica

At the Feet of Rhetorica

Conclusion (p.160) At the Feet of Rhetorica
Rhetoric in Tooth and Claw
Debra Hawhee
University of Chicago Press

The conclusion dips into early modern emblems with a special focus on one early seventeenth-century portrayal of Rhetorica in which she holds a three-headed beast with a cord or leash. The beast has not yet been discussed by scholars in a satisfactory way, and my own discussion offers a reading of the beast that underscores the constitutive work of animals in rhetoric’s Western history, setting up further concluding arguments about rhetoric’s transdisciplinarity, especially when it comes to animal relations.

Keywords:   emblems, Rhetorica, transdisciplinarity

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