Daniel M. Gross
Associate Professor, English
Director of Composition
|History and Theory of Rhetoric; Early Modern Literature and Culture; Heidegger and Rhetoric|
My approach to the history and theory of rhetoric is essentially interdisciplinary, which seems to me inevitable considering the subject matter. Rhetoric is, after all, an architectonic that has quietly helped structure modern disciplines from politics and psychology to the study of literature. Therefore to study these disciplines in early modernity or even today is to engage, often unwittingly, the rhetorical tradition. As a historian and theorist of rhetoric, then, my job is to show through scholarship and teaching how productive this engagement can be when it is made explicit. In doing this work my goal is to revise the boundaries of what we consider "rhetoric" in the national context, which is defined primarily within the disciplines of communication studies and composition studies. At the same time I like to promote the presence of rhetoric in neighbor disciplines, including education, history, psychology, anthropology, politics, philosophy, and the study of literature.
Currently I am in the midst of a couple of book length projects (see below) and, with my wife Carla Wilson, completing a film documentary _Black American Gothic_ about the forced exodus of Black folks from the inner city.
Uncomfortable Situations (in progress). A reading of sentimental literature from the perspective of situated cognition theory.
The Art of Listening (in progress). History of rhetoric from the "other side of language."
Science and Emotions after 1945: A Transatlantic Perspective. Co-edited volume with Frank Biess. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2014.
The Secret History of Emotion: From Aristotle's Rhetoric to Modern Brain Science. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2006.
Heidegger and Rhetoric (SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy). Edited with Ansgar Kemmann. Albany: SUNY Press, 2005.
SELECT ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS:
"Introduction: Emotional Returns" with Frank Biess. Science and Emotions after 1945: A Transatlantic Perspective. Frank Biess and Daniel M. Gross, eds. The University of Chicago Press Chicago (2014).
"Emotion Science and the Heart of a Two-Cultures Problem" with Stephanie D. Preston. Science and Emotions after 1945: A Transatlantic Perspective. Frank Biess and Daniel M. Gross, eds. The University of Chicago Press (2014).
"How Can the Theory of Cognitive and Emotional Extension Alter What We Find in 18th-Century Literature?" Emotion und Kognition. Transformationen in der europäischen Literatur des 18. Jahrhunderts, Sonja Koroliov, ed. "Hallesche Beiträge zur Europäischen Aufklärung," Bd. 48. Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter (2013)
"Toward a Rhetoric of Cognition." Neurorhetorics, Jordynn Jack, ed. Taylor & Francis (2012)
"Political Pathology." Reasoning Effects: Rhetoric and Medicine in Early Modern Europe, Stephen Pender, Nancy Struever, eds. Series: Literary and Scientific Cultures of Early Modernity. Ashgate (2012).
"Active Listening, Passive Voices: Gendered Legacies in the History of Rhetoric." Special issue:"Rhetorik und Subjektivität" Rhetorik: Ein internationales Jahrbuch 30 (2011).
"Defending the Humanities with Charles Darwin's _The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals_ (1872)." Critical Inquiry 37.1 (2010): 34-59.
"Listening Culture." Culture and Rhetoric, Berghahn Books Studies in Rhetoric and Culture I, Ivo Strecker, Stephen Tyler, Robert Hariman, eds. Berghahn (2009): 59-73.
"Personal Identity in the History of Ideas: The Born-Again Christian as a Case Study." Rethinking History 13.3 (2009): 197-215.
"The Art of Listening: A Course in the Humanities." The International Journal of Listening 21 (2007): 72-79.
"The Heart of Emotion." New Scientist 2553 (2006): 50-51.
"Caussin's Passion and the New History of Rhetoric." Rhetorica 21.2 (2003): 89-112.
"Foucault's Analogies, or How to Be an Historian of the Present without Being a Presentist." Clio: A Journal of Literature, History and the Philosophy of History 31.1 (2001): 57-82.
"Early Modern Emotion and the Economy of Scarcity." Philosophy and Rhetoric 34.4 (2001): 308-321.
"Melanchthon's Rhetoric and the Practical Origins of Reformation Human Science." History of the Human Sciences 13.3 (2000): 5-22.
"Metaphor and Definition in Vico's New Science." Rhetorica 14.4 (1996), 359-381.
|Grants||NEH sponsored Humanities Iowa Major Grant 2003, 2006|
|NEA sponsored Iowa Arts Council Grant 2006|
|Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at the UCLA Humanities Consortium, Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies, 1998-2000|
|DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Annual Grant 1996-1997|
Modern Language Association
International Society for the History of Rhetoric
Rhetoric Society of America
Conference on College Composition and Communication
National Communication Association
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