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Declaring independence : Jefferson, natural language & the culture of performance

Author: Jay Fliegelman
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©1993.
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This book sets the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution in general in the context of a revolution in rhetorical theory and practice that sought to discover (or theorize into existence) a new language of performative persuasion, a natural language equivalent to natural law that would permit, by its self-evidence, perfect understanding and the galvanizing of public opinion. According to the period's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jay Fliegelman
ISBN: 0804720754 9780804720755 0804720762 9780804720762
OCLC Number: 26012751
Description: xviii, 268 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Jefferson's pauses. --
The elocutionary revolution. --
Soft compulsion. --
Harmonies: Homer, fugues, and chairs. --
Natural theatricality. --
The figure of Patrick Henry. --
Social leveling and stage fright. --
Private lives and public scrutiny. --
Agency and the invention of responsibility. --
Dialectical words. --
Plagiarism, authorship, and improvement. --
The oratorical ideal, racial politics, and the making of Americans. --
Epilogue. --
Appendix: The Declaration.
Responsibility: by Jay Fliegelman.
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