Unspoken A Rhetoric of Silence

ISBN-10: 0809325845
ISBN-13: 9780809325849
Edition: 2004
Authors: Cheryl Glenn
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 8/25/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 6.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

In our talkative Western culture, speech is synonymous with authority and influence while silence is frequently misheard as passive agreement when it often signifies much more. In her groundbreaking exploration of silence as a significant rhetorical art, Cheryl Glenn articulates the ways in which tactical silence can be as expressive and strategic an instrument of human communication as speech itself. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; Drawing from linguistics, phenomenology, feminist studies, anthropology, ethnic studies, and literary analysis,Unspoken: A Rhetoric of Silencetheorizes both a cartography and grammar of silence. By mapping the range of spaces silence inhabits, Glenn offers a new interpretation of its complex variations and uses. nbsp; Glenn contextualizes the rhetoric of silence by focusing on selected contemporary examples. Listening to silence and voice as gendered positions, she analyzes the highly politicized silences and words of a procession of figures she refers to as “all the President’s women,” including Anita Hill, Lani Guiner, Gennifer Flowers, and Chelsea Clinton. She also turns an investigative ear to the cultural taciturnity attributed to various Native American groups—Navajo, Apache, Hopi, and Pueblo—and its true meaning. Through these examples, Glenn reinforces the rhetorical contributions of the unspoken, codifying silence as a rhetorical device with the potential to deploy, defer, and defeat power. nbsp; Unspokenconcludes by suggesting opportunities for further research into silence and silencing, including music, religion, deaf communities, cross-cultural communication, and the circulation of silence as a creative resource within the college classroom and for college writers.

Preface
Acknowledgments
A Word (or Two) on Terms and Categories
Defining Silence
Engendering Silence
Witnessing Silence
Attesting Silence
Commanding Silence
Opening Silence
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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