Persuasion After Rhetoric Symposium

Location: McKenna Hall (View on map )

A symposium examining the changing theory and practice of persuasion in 18th- and 19th-century European literature and culture.

This conference will be hosted at the University of Notre Dame – McKenna Conference Center, March 15-16, 2019.


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Keynote speaker: Frances Ferguson (English, University of Chicago)
"Philology Turned to Persuasion: The Rise of Constitutions"

Maeve Adams (English, Manhattan College)
"Contestatory Publics: Persuasion as Resistance"

Ian Balfour (English, York University)
"Extreme Austen, or Hyperbole"

Mark Canuel (English, University of Illinois at Chicago)
"Hazlitt, Progress, and the Arts"

Sean Franzel (German and Russian, University of Missouri)
“Persuasion after the Revolution”

Brian McGrath (English, Clemson University)
"The Tone Police"

Jan Mieszkowski (German and Comparative Literature, Reed College)
"Plants and Politics"

Emma Planinc (Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame)
"To 'Persuade without Convincing': Rousseau as the Legislator of Nature"

Adam Potkay (English, William & Mary)
"Rhetoric and Philosophy: Tropes, Dialogue, Self-Division"  

Yasmin Solomonescu (English, University of Notre Dame)
"Reasoning is not Believing"

Daniel Stout (English, University of Mississippi)
"Assemblage, Persuasion, Conviction."

Stefan Uhlig (Comparative Literature, University of California, Davis)
"Smith's and Blair's Indiscipline"

Ross Wilson (English, University of Cambridge)
"Every Thing is Faultless: Hazlitt on Judgement and Understanding"

Sarah Zimmerman (English, Fordham University)
"The Lecturer's Argument"