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Representative Words Politics, Literature, and the American Language, 1776-1865

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ISBN-10: 0521395127

ISBN-13: 9780521395120

Edition: 1992

Authors: Thomas Gustafson, Albert Gelpi, Ross Posnock

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Ralph Waldo Emerson's dictum--"The corruption of man is followed by the corruption of language"--belongs to a long tradition of writing, connecting political disorders and the corruption of language, that stretches back in Western culture. Representative Words, which gives an account of the tradition from its classical and Christian origins through the Enlightenment, is primarily a study of how and why Americans renewed and developed it between the ages of the Revolutionary and the Civil Wars. It is the first comprehensive treatment of the background to and the appearance of the wealth of theories about language in the early era of American political and cultural discourse. Professor…    
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Book details

List price: $174.99
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/29/1993
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 488
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The American Logocracy: The Nexus of Word and Act
Political and linguistic representation: confidence or distrust?
Language and legal constitutions: the problem of change and who governs
Political and Linguistic Corruption: The Ideological Inheritance
The classical pattern: from the order or Orpheus to the chaos of the Thucydidean moment
The Christian typology: From Eden to Babel to Pentecost
Eloquence, liberty, and power: civic humanism and the counter-renaissance
The enlightenment project: language reform and political order
The American Language of Revolution and Constitutional Change
The language of revolution: combating misrepresentation with the pen and tongue
The grammar of politics: the constitution
From Logomachy to Civil War: The Politics of Language in Post-Revolutionary America
The unsettled language: schoolmasters vs. truants
Corrupt language and a corrupt body politic, or the disunion of words and things
Sovereign words vs. representative men
Afterword
Notes
Index