Toward a Rhetoric of Insult

Toward a Rhetoric of Insult


From highschool cafeterias to the ground of Congress, insult is a really common and ubiquitous cultural perform with an extended and earthy heritage. And but, this such a lot human of human behaviors has hardly been the topic of equipped and entire attention—until Toward a Rhetoric of Insult. considered in the course of the lens of the examine of rhetoric, insult, Thomas M. Conley argues, is published as instantly delinquent and an important for human relatives, either divisive and unifying.

Explaining how this works and what precisely makes up a rhetoric of insult activates Conley to diversity around the large and wonderfully colourful historical past of offense. Taking in Monty Python, Shakespeare, Eminem, Cicero, Henry Ford, and the Latin poet Martial, Conley breaks down a variety of kinds of insults, examines the significance of viewers, and explores the benign facet of abuse. In doing so, Conley initiates readers into the area of insult appreciation, permitting us to treat insults no longer exclusively as technique of expressing enmity or disdain, yet as attention-grabbing facets of human interaction.

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