How the Gene Got Its Groove: Figurative Language, Science, and the Rhetoric of the Real

How the Gene Got Its Groove: Figurative Language, Science, and the Rhetoric of the Real

Elizabeth Parthenia Shea


Traces the rhetorical paintings of the gene in medical and nonscientific discourse through the 20th century.

Against a backdrop of the heritage of the gene as a systematic and a cultural icon, How the Gene received Its Groove examines how “genes” functionality as rhetorical gadgets. Returning to Wilhelm Johannsen’s unique argument for the time period, Elizabeth Parthenia Shea keeps that the gene was once, in the beginning, a rhetorical invention, designed to put declare to a fabric fact and to dissociate itself from the issues of language, conjecture, and rhetorical uncertainty. She lines the rhetorical paintings of the gene via clinical and nonscientific arguments through the 20th century. The gene’s travels among clinical and renowned texts problem us to acknowledge the sophisticated powers of figurative language in making a feel that concerns of technology stand open air the contingencies of language and the affects of rhetoric.

“This booklet addresses a major subject that cuts throughout English, conversation stories, and cultural reviews. The author’s remedy of the gene-as-object in modern tradition provides an important size to the knowledge of the way genetic imagery is materially found in renowned contexts.” — John Lyne, collage of Pittsburgh

“The publication is in line with postmodern perspectives of language and semantics, which carry that phrases will not be targeted signifiers. this can be an immense message that rhetoricians have to proceed conveying, particularly approximately clinical language.” — Ken Baake, writer of Metaphor and information: The demanding situations of Writing Science

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