When Words Lose Their Meaning

Constitutions and Reconstitutions of Language, Character, and Community

Author: James Boyd White

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022605604X

Category: Law

Page: 394

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Through fresh readings of texts ranging from Homer's Iliad, Swift's Tale of a Tub, and Austen's Emma through the United States Constitution and McCulloch v. Maryland, James Boyd White examines the relationship between an individual mind and its language and culture as well as the "textual community" established between writer and audience. These striking textual analyses develop a rhetoric—a "way of reading" that can be brought to any text but that, in broader terms, becomes a way of learning that can shape the reader's life. "In this ambitious and demanding work of literary criticism, James Boyd White seeks to communicate 'a sense of reading in a new and different way.' . . . [White's] marriage of lawyerly acumen and classically trained literary sensibility—equally evident in his earlier work, The Legal Imagination—gives the best parts of When Words Lose Their Meaning a gravity and moral earnestness rare in the pages of contemporary literary criticism."—Roger Kimball, American Scholar "James Boyd White makes a state-of-the-art attempt to enrich legal theory with the insights of modern literary theory. Of its kind, it is a singular and standout achievement. . . . [White's] selections span the whole range of legal, literary, and political offerings, and his writing evidences a sustained and intimate experience with these texts. Writing with natural elegance, White manages to be insightful and inciteful. Throughout, his timely book is energized by an urgent love of literature and law and their liberating potential. His passion and sincerity are palpable."—Allan C. Hutchinson, Yale Law Journal "Undeniably a unique and significant work. . . . When Words Lose Their Meaning is a rewarding book by a distinguished legal scholar. It is a showcase for the most interesting sort of inter-disciplinary work: the kind that brings together from traditionally separate fields not so much information as ideas and approaches."—R. B. Kershner, Jr., Georgia Review
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When Words Lose Their Meaning

Constitutions and Reconstitutions of Language, Character, and Community

Author: James Boyd White

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022605604X

Category: Law

Page: 394

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Through fresh readings of texts ranging from Homer's Iliad, Swift's Tale of a Tub, and Austen's Emma through the United States Constitution and McCulloch v. Maryland, James Boyd White examines the relationship between an individual mind and its language and culture as well as the "textual community" established between writer and audience. These striking textual analyses develop a rhetoric—a "way of reading" that can be brought to any text but that, in broader terms, becomes a way of learning that can shape the reader's life. "In this ambitious and demanding work of literary criticism, James Boyd White seeks to communicate 'a sense of reading in a new and different way.' . . . [White's] marriage of lawyerly acumen and classically trained literary sensibility—equally evident in his earlier work, The Legal Imagination—gives the best parts of When Words Lose Their Meaning a gravity and moral earnestness rare in the pages of contemporary literary criticism."—Roger Kimball, American Scholar "James Boyd White makes a state-of-the-art attempt to enrich legal theory with the insights of modern literary theory. Of its kind, it is a singular and standout achievement. . . . [White's] selections span the whole range of legal, literary, and political offerings, and his writing evidences a sustained and intimate experience with these texts. Writing with natural elegance, White manages to be insightful and inciteful. Throughout, his timely book is energized by an urgent love of literature and law and their liberating potential. His passion and sincerity are palpable."—Allan C. Hutchinson, Yale Law Journal "Undeniably a unique and significant work. . . . When Words Lose Their Meaning is a rewarding book by a distinguished legal scholar. It is a showcase for the most interesting sort of inter-disciplinary work: the kind that brings together from traditionally separate fields not so much information as ideas and approaches."—R. B. Kershner, Jr., Georgia Review
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Controversy, Courts, and Community

The Rhetoric of Judge Miles Welton Lord

Author: Verna C. Corgan

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313292477

Category: Law

Page: 205

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Explores how a famous trial court judge used rhetorical strategies to engage the public and the legal community in challenging the accepted views of the proper roles for the courts and the community in the pursuit of "justice." Analyzes the role of Judge Lord in stimulating public debate about some well-known and controversial cases and in doing so helps enrich our understanding of how trial court judicial opinions when clearly argued in plain language and dramatized effectively contribute to public perceptions and a fruitful discussion of the law, the courts, and their relationships to the community. The practical insights that this study offers will be useful to students, teachers, and professionals in law, communications, public policy, and American studies.
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The Constitutional Bases of Political and Social Change in the United States

Author: Shlomo Slonim

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275930714

Category: Law

Page: 375

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This volume collects the papers presented at a conference sponsored by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to mark the bicentennial of the framing and adoption of the U.S. Constitution. Each paper focuses specifically on one aspect of the Constitution; the subject matter ranges from executive-legislative relations to minority rights, religious freedom, and constitutional reform. Throughout, comments and rebuttals are also included. Unique in its international approach to constitutional issues and developments, this volume will be of significant interest to constitutional and legal scholars.
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The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address

Author: Shawn J. Parry-Giles,J. Michael Hogan

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444324112

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 496

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The Handbook of Rhetoric and Public Address is a state-of-the-art companion to the field that showcases both the historical traditions and the future possibilities for public address scholarship in the twenty-first century. Focuses on public address as both a subject matter and a critical perspective Mindful of the connections between the study of public address and the history of ideas Provides an historical overview of public address research and pedagogy, as well as a reassessment of contemporary public address scholarship by those most engaged in its practice Includes in-depth discussions of basic issues and controversies public address scholarship Explores the relationship between the study of public address and contemporary issues of civic engagement and democratic citizenship Reflects the diversity of views among public address scholars, advancing on-going discussions and debates over the goals and character of rhetorical scholarship
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Paul's Political Strategy in 1 Corinthians 1–4

Constitution and Covenant

Author: Bradley J. Bitner

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1316300137

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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This volume examines 1 Corinthians 1-4 within first-century politics, demonstrating the significance of Corinth's constitution to the interpretation of Paul's letter. Bradley J. Bitner shows that Paul carefully considered the Roman colonial context of Corinth, which underlay numerous ecclesial conflicts. Roman politics, however, cannot account for the entire shape of Paul's response. Bridging the Hellenism-Judaism divide that has characterised much of Pauline scholarship, Bitner argues that Paul also appropriated Jewish-biblical notions of covenant. Epigraphical and papyrological evidence indicates that his chosen content and manner are best understood with reference to an ecclesial politeia informed by a distinctively Christ-centred political theology. This emerges as a 'politics of thanksgiving' in 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 and as a 'politics of construction' in 3:5-4:5, where Paul redirects gratitude and glory to God in Christ. This innovative account of Paul's political theology offers fresh insight into his pastoral strategy among nascent Gentile-Jewish assemblies.
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Living Speech

Resisting the Empire of Force

Author: James Boyd White

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400827534

Category: Law

Page: 256

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Language is our key to imagining the world, others, and ourselves. Yet sometimes our ways of talking dehumanize others and trivialize human experience. In war other people are imagined as enemies to be killed. The language of race objectifies those it touches, and propaganda disables democracy. Advertising reduces us to consumers, and clichés destroy the life of the imagination. How are we to assert our humanity and that of others against the forces in the culture and in our own minds that would deny it? What kind of speech should the First Amendment protect? How should judges and justices themselves speak? These questions animate James Boyd White's Living Speech, a profound examination of the ethics of human expression--in the law and in the rest of life. Drawing on examples from an unusual range of sources--judicial opinions, children's essays, literature, politics, and the speech-out-of-silence of Quaker worship--White offers a fascinating analysis of the force of our languages. Reminding us that every moment of speech is an occasion for gaining control of what we say and who we are, he shows us that we must practice the art of resisting the forces of inhumanity built into our habits of speech and thought if we are to become more capable of love and justice--in both law and life.
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The American Scholar

Author: William Allison Shimer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Music

Page: N.A

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Stories of Justice

Controversial Judicial Opinions and the Community

Author: Verna Corrine Corgan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Judicial opinions

Page: 582

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Book Review Digest

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Bibliography

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Democracy, Education, and the Schools

Author: Roger Soder

Publisher: Jossey-Bass Inc Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 293

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Democracy, Education, and the Schools argues that the most basic purpose of America's schools is to teach children the moral and intellectual responsibilities of living and working in a democracy. Leading scholars from the fields of education, history, political science, and anthropology explore what democracy is and what it means for preparing teachers and teaching students. They discuss critical questions about the relationship between the American democracy and a free public school system, including:* To what extent should the enculturation of the young into American democracy be a major function of the schools?* How can students best learn to understand and participate in American democracy?* What should the schools teach to convey to the young their rights and responsibilities as citizens?* What must teachers know in order to teach children their rights and responsibilities in an effective way?Roger Soder and his contributors ultimately show that there is a necessary relationship between democracy and the public school system--and privatization of the schools runs the risk of destroying the fundamental underpinnings of the American democracy.
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"Do what You Can"

Creating an Institution, the Ladies' Library Associations in Michigan, 1852-1900

Author: Mildred Louise Jackson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Libraries

Page: 656

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Conceptual Change and the Constitution

Author: Terence Ball,John Greville Agard Pocock

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 218

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In this volume distinguished historians and political scientists examine the linguistic and conceptual dimension of the American Founding. They analyze political discourse during the short span of years from the Revolution through ratification.
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Religion and immigration

Author: University of Detroit Mercy. School of Law

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: 387

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Prologue

The Journal of the National Archives

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Archives

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Law Books in Print

Books in English Published Throughout the World and in Print Through 1986. Publishers' listing. 6

Author: Nicholas Triffin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780878020317

Category: Law

Page: 594

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From Exile to Exodus

Rhetoric and the Re-constitution of Community Following One Congregation's Crisis in Leadership

Author: Corey Clifton Schlosser-Hall

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 1048

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