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Michele Kennerly

Michele Kennerly

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Michele Kennerly, associate professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, will be working on her second book manuscript. Tentatively titled Floral Arrangements: The Nature of Collecting in Rhetoric and Poetics from Antiquity through Modernity, it treats floral words (e.g., garland, flosculus, flores rhetoricae, florilegium, anthology, bee) as information-concepts signifying wide-ranging reading coupled with the judicious selection and combination of takeaways from that reading. Of particular interest is the fluctuating status of collecting from ancient sources as their authority is challenged by early modern and modern writers.