Time, Tropes, and Textuality: Reading Republicanism in Charles Sumner's "Crime Against Kansas"

@article{Pfau2003TimeTA,
  title={Time, Tropes, and Textuality: Reading Republicanism in Charles Sumner's "Crime Against Kansas"},
  author={Michael Pfau},
  journal={Rhetoric \& Public Affairs},
  year={2003},
  volume={6},
  pages={385 - 413}
}
  • Michael Pfau
  • Published 2003
  • Sociology, History
  • Rhetoric & Public Affairs
By focusing on civic republicanism as the "problem of time" and on the related critical concepts of "rhetorical timing," iconicity, and imitation, this essay theorizes a hermeneutic republicanism. In practice the essay treats Sumner's "Crime Against Kansas" as both a rhetorical confrontation with, and representation of, the republican "problem of time." The "Crime" is structured by organic tropes of political community and its organizing temporal themes systematically ebb and flow iconically to… Expand
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