The Rhetoric of demonic repetition: the two deaths of Osama Bin Laden and other stories

Grimwood, Tom (2020) The Rhetoric of demonic repetition: the two deaths of Osama Bin Laden and other stories. Janus Head: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts, 18 (2).

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Abstract

A number of writers have recently challenged the notion of the demonic as mere superstition, and arguing for a need to understand the demonic in terms of the often-obscured ways in which it operates in relation to contemporary thought and critique. Building on this, this paper offers an analysis of the demonic as a rhetorical concept. Moving beyond the notion of the demonic as simply a trope at the disposal of a speaker or writer, the paper explores how the expression of the demonic performs a more foundational, repetitive, and indeed, deceptively banal role in shaping the discourses it inhabits. This precedes and frames the ethico-political discourses on evil commonly associated with demonology today.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Janus Head: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts
Publisher: Trivium
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Departments: Research Centres > Health and Society Knowledge Exchange (HASKE)
Depositing User: Tom Grimwood
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2020 08:24
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2020 08:30
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5810

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