Stephen Yarbrough

Stephen Yarbrough

Office: MHRA 3105
Phone: 336-334-3282



  • Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University-1982
  • M.A. Pennsylvania State University-1976
  • B.A. Sam Houston State University-1972

Research Interests

  • Dr. Yarbrough works in rhetorical theory and history, critical theory, and American literature and culture.

Selected Publications

  • “How Trump’s Followers Construct Alt-Truth from Lies, Part 2: Daemonic Invention.” Feedback (01 Dec. 2018).
  • “Is (In)fusionism a Perspectivism or an Interactionsim?”  Romancing Theory, Riding Interpretation:  (In)fusion Approach, Salman Rushdie.  Ed. Ranjan Ghosh. New York, Bern, Berlin, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2012.
  • “Richard Rorty, Feminism, and the Annoyances of Pragmatism.” Re-reading the Canon: Feminist Interpretations of Richard Rorty. Ed. Marianne Janack. University Park: Penn State U P, 2010.
  • “Not Yet Disagreeing to Agree: Radical Invention and Exilic Writing.” JAC: Journal of Advanced Composition 28.1-2 (2010): 635-652.
  • “The Temporality and Function of “Ethical Shifting” in Discursive Interaction.” The Responsibilities of Rhetoric (Proceeds of the 2008 RSA Convention). Ed. Barbara Warnick and Michelle Smith. Long Grove: Waveland P, 2009, pp. 144-150.
  • “As You Like It: Michel Meyer’s Metaphor.” Revue international de philosophie. 61 (2007): 377-90.
  • Inventive Intercourse: From Rhetorical Conflict to the Ethical Creation of Novel Truth. Carbondale: Southern Illinois U P, 2006.
  • “On the Very Idea of Composition: Modes of Persuasion or Phases of Discourse?” JAC 25 (2005): 491-512.
  • “Passing Theories through Topical Heuristics: Donald Davidson, Aristotle, and the Conditions of Discursive Competence.” Philosophy and Rhetoric 37 (2004): 72-91.
  • After Rhetoric: Studies in Discourse Beyond Language and Culture. Cabondale: Southern Illinois U P, 1999.
  • Co-author with John C. Adams. Delightful Conviction: Jonathan Edwards and the Rhetoric of Conversion. Santa Barbara: Greenwood P, 1993.
  • Deliberate Criticism: Toward a Postmodern Humanism. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1992.

Awards and Honors

  • UNCG Gladys Strawn Bullard Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service. Nominee, 2018, 2019.
  • Class of 1952 Distinguished Professor of English, 2015-2017.
  • UNCG University Teaching Excellence Award. Finalist, 2010; 2016.
  • US Department of Education, Title III, Strengthening Institutions Program, CFDA 84.031A, grant: “Intentional Futures—Learning to Learn.”
  • Award: $1,876,735.00.  Co-investigator.  2012.

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