Rhetoric and Irony: Western Literacy and Western Lies

Rhetoric and Irony: Western Literacy and Western Lies

C. Jan Swearingen


This pathbreaking learn integrates the histories of rhetoric, literacy, and literary aesthetics as much as the time of Augustine, concentrating on Western options of rhetoric as dissembling and of language as misleading that Swearingen argues have bought interestingly favorite emphasis in Western aesthetics and language thought. Swearingen reverses the normal specialise in rhetoric as an oral agonistic style and examines it as an alternative as a paradigm for literate discourse. She proposes that rhetoric and literacy have within the West disseminated the interrelated notions that via studying rhetoric contributors can learn how to control language and others; that language is an unreliable, manipulable, and contingent car of notion, that means, and verbal exchange; and that literature is a physique of beautiful lies and beguiling fictions. In a daring concluding bankruptcy Swearingen aligns her thesis relating early Western literacy and rhetoric with modern serious and rhetorical idea; with feminist reports in language, psychology, and tradition; and with stories of literacy in multi- and cross-cultural settings.

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