Program in Comparative Literature

Jeffrey Walker

ProfessorPh.D., 1985, University of California, Berkeley

Professor & Chair, Department of Rhetoric & Writing
Jeffrey Walker



rhetorical theory, history of rhetoric, ancient rhetoric, rhetoric and poetics, modern rhetoric and literature


Professor Jeffrey Walker studies classical and modern rhetorical theory; the history of rhetoric; the relationship between rhetoric and poetics from antiquity to modernity; and rhetorical pedagogy and the teaching of writing. His most recent work (as of 2009) has focused on rhetorical teaching and practice in Byzantium between the tenth and fifteenth centuries, and rhetorical education in antiquity. Professor Walker has been a Fulbright Lecturer (Greece, 1992) and an NEH Fellow (2007-08). His publications include two books, a textbook, and numerous articles and chapters. (As of this writing another book and textbook are forthcoming.)


Walker, J. (2011) The Genuine Teachers of this Art: Rhetorical Education in Antiquity. University of South Carolina Press, forthcoming.

Longaker, M., & Walker, J. (2010) Rhetorical Analysis. Pearson-Longman, forthcoming.

Walker, J. (2008) Rhetoric and Poetics. International Encyclopedia of Communication, vol. 9, 4310-4312.

Walker, J. (2006) The Place of Theory in Ancient Rhetoric. In L. Montefusco (Ed.), Papers on Rhetoric VII (pp.247-265). Rome: Herder.

Walker, J. (2005) Michael Psellos: The Encomium of His Mother. Advances in the History of Rhetoric 8, 239-313.

Walker, J. (2005) Mime, Comedy, Sophistry: Speculations on the Origins of Rhetoric. Advances in the History of Rhetoric, 8, 199-210.

Walker, J. (2005) Aelius Aristides. In M. Balliff & M. Moran (Eds.), Classical Rhetorics and Rhetoricians. New York: Praeger.

Walker, J. (2005) Dionysius of Halicarnassus. In M. Balliff & M. Moran (Eds.), Classical Rhetorics and Rhetoricians (pp.137-141). New York: Praeger.

Walker, J. (2004) These Things I Have Not Betrayed: Michael Psellos' Encomium of His Mother. Rhetorica, 22(1), 49-101.

Walker, J. (2000) Rhetoric and Poetics in Antiquity. New York: Oxford University Press.

Walker, J. (2000) Pathos and Katharsis in "Aristotelian" Rhetoric . In A. Gross & A. Walzer (Eds.), Rereading Aristotle (pp.74-92). Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.

Walker, J. (1994) The Body of Persuasion: A Theory of the Enthymeme. College English, 56(1), 46-65.

Walker, J. (1992, September) Enthymemes of Anger in Cicero and Thomas Paine. Southern Illinois University Press, 357-381.

Walker, J. (1991) Investigating Arguments: Readings for College Writing. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Walker, J. (1989) Bardic Ethos and the American Epic Poem: Whitman, Pound, Crane, Williams, Olson. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.

Walker, J. (1989) Aristotle's Lyric: Re-Imagining the Rhetoric of Epideictic Song. College English, 51(1), 5-28.

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