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Brad McAdon

Associate Professor

Patterson 451
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Ph.D., 2002, Texas A&M University, College Station

Academic Summary

Brad McAdon's research and teaching interests include the history of rhetoric, especially ancient Greek rhetorical and compositional practices, rhetorical theory, the teaching of composition, and the Bible as literature. His forthcoming book, Rhetorical Mimesis and the Mitigation of Early Christian Conflicts, situates itself within recent discussions of understanding the composition of New Testament texts within known Greco-Roman rhetorical and compositional practices. More specifically, it examines the role that the Greco-Roman compositional practice of μἰμησις (mimesis, imitatio, imitation)—the primary means by which Greco-Roman students were taught to read, write, speak, and analyze literary works—may play in the creation and composition of the canonical gospels of Matthew and Luke and the canonical book of Acts.

Select Publications

  • Rhetorical Mimesis and the Mitigation of Early Christian Conflicts, Wipf and Stock, forthcoming, 2018.
  • "Mark and Josephus," Alpha 1 (2017) forthcoming.
  • Understanding and Engaging Humanity, co-editor, Greenhaven Press, 2010.
  • "The 'Special Topics' in the Rhetoric: A Reconsideration." Rhetoric Society Quarterly 36:4 (Fall 2006): 399-424.
  • "Strabo, Plutarch, Porphyry and the Transmission and Composition of Aristotle's Rhetoric: A Hunch." Rhetoric Society Quarterly 36.1 (2006): 77-105.
  • "Two Irreconcilable Conceptions of Proofs in Aristotle's Rhetoric." Rhetorica. 22.4 (Autumn 2004): 307-325.
  • "Reconsidering the Intention or Purpose of Aristotle's Rhetoric." Rhetoric Review. 23.3 (2004): 216- 234.
  • "Plato's Denunciation of Rhetoric in the Phaedrus." Rhetoric Review. 23.1 (2004): 21-39.
  • "Probabilities, Signs, Necessary Signs, Idia, and Topoi: The Confusing Discussion of Materials for Enthymemes in Aristotle's Rhetoric." Philosophy and Rhetoric. 36.3 (2003): 223-247.
  • "Rhetoric is the Counterpart to Dialectic." Philosophy and Rhetoric. 34.2 (2001): 113-151.