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James Kastely

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James Kastely, a nationally recognized expert in the history and theory of rhetoric, is the author of Rethinking the Rhetorical Tradition: From Plato to Postmodernism. He  has published in PMLA, College English, The Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Philosophy and Literature, Style, Mosaic, the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Essays in Theatre, Twentieth Century Literature, and Nineteenth- Century Literature. Before coming to UH, he taught for thirteen years at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he won the Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching, that school's highest teaching prize. Chosen as Outstanding Professor by the graduate students of the English Department and winner CLASS 2002 Teaching Excellence Award, he offers courses in the history of rhetoric, rhetorical theory, rhetoric and composition, and history of composition.


  • Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • M.A., University of Chicago
  • B.A., University of Michigan

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Research Interests

History and Theory of Rhetoric

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  • ENGL 7370 History of Rhetoric
  • ENGL 7398 Special Topics: Rhetoric and Desire
  • ENGL 7398 Special Topics: Plato as Literary Philosopher

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