Guttzeit, Gero. 2017. The Figures of Edgar Allan Poe: Authorship, Antebellum Literature, and Transatlantic Rhetoric. Buchreihe der ANGLIA/ANGLIA book series Volume 56. Berlin: De Gruyter. Available here.
The Figures of Edgar Allan Poe is the first study to address the rhetorical dimensions of Poe’s textual and discursive practices. It argues that Poe is a figure and figurer of the emergence of the modern understanding of literature in the early nineteenth century that resulted from the birth of the romantic author and the so-called ‘death of rhetoric’. Building on accounts of Poe as a skilled navigator of American antebellum print culture, Gero Guttzeit reinterprets Poe as representative of the vital role that transatlantic rhetoric played in antebellum literature. He investigates rhetorical figures of the author in Poe’s critical writings, tales, poems, and lectures to give a new account of Poe’s significance for antebellum literary culture. In so doing, he also proposes a general rhetorical theory of theoretical, poetical, and performative figures of the author. Beyond Poe studies, the book intervenes in current debates on the romantic origins of the modern author and demonstrates that rhetorical theory offers new ways of exploring authorship beyond the nineteenth century.
Guttzeit, Gero. 2019. “Rhetoric and Literary Theory.” In Handbook of English Renaissance Literature, edited by Ingo Berensmeyer. Berlin: De Gruyter. Available here.
Literary theory was crucial to Renaissance literature and culture. The rhetorical tradition in particular offered early modern writers the linguistic means for fashioning both their texts and themselves. This article focuses on Philip Sidney’sThe Defence of Poesy (1595) while also discussing Thomas Wilson’s The Arte of Rhetoric (1553), George Puttenham’s The Arte of English Poesy (1589), and other paradigmatic works of criticism. Based on the characteristic Renaissance intertwining of rhetoric and poetics, these texts are analysed as examples of rhetorical poetics that shaped the production and reception of literature in the period.
Guttzeit, Gero. 2014. “From Hearing to Overhearing? Eloquence and Poetry, 1776-1833.” In Proceedings: Anglistentag 2013, edited by Silvia Mergenthal and Reingard M. Nischik, 261–70. Proceedings of the Conference of the German Association of University Teachers of English 35. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier. Click for full text.
Guttzeit, Gero. 2021. „Review of Tom F. Wright, Transatlantic Rhetoric: Speeches from the American Revolution to the Suffragettes.“ Rhetorica. 39.4/5. 470-472. Click for full text.
Guttzeit, Gero. 2012. “Cultures of Conviction: Review of Girke, Felix and Christian Meyer (Eds.): The Rhetorical Emergence of Culture.” KULT_online (33). Click for access to full text.
Edited by Christian Meyer and Felix Girke, The Rhetorical Emergence of Culture is the fourth volume in the interdisciplinary series Studies in Rhetoric and Culture, which has fostered the dialogue between rhetoric and anthropology since 2009. Arranged into three sections on intersubjectivity, emergence, and agency, fifteen articles examine the cultural foundations of rhetoric and the rhetorical foundations of culture. Contributors hail mainly from anthropology and rhetoric, but also from communication studies, cognitive studies, linguistics, and philology. Hence the topics range from the ancient ideal of the orator and early modern Jesuit rhetoric in Goa to Internet forums for Russian migrants to the United States and the connections between architecture and public speech in New Guinea. Whilst some of the contributions are kept very general and others are in the main designed for specialists, the volume represents an important building block in bridging anthropological and rhetorical research. What is more, the thesis of the interconnection of rhetoric and culture is relevant for fundamental research in cultural studies.