Silence and Listening as Rhetorical Arts by Cheryl Glenn, Krista Ratcliffe

By Cheryl Glenn, Krista Ratcliffe

In Silence and Listening as Rhetorical Arts, editors Cheryl Glenn and Krista Ratcliffe collect seventeen essays through new and demonstrated students that exhibit the worth and significance of silence and hearing the research and perform of rhetoric. development at the editors’ groundbreaking study, which respects the ability of the spoken be aware whereas demanding the marginalized prestige of silence and listening, this quantity makes a powerful case for putting those neglected ideas, and their intersections, on the leading edge of rhetorical arts inside of rhetoric and composition studies.

Divided into 3 parts—History, thought and feedback, and Praxes—this publication reimagines conventional histories and theories of rhetoric and contains modern pursuits, corresponding to race, gender, and cross-cultural issues, into scholarly conversations approximately rhetorical historical past, idea, feedback, and praxes. For the editors and the opposite individuals to this quantity, silence isn't really easily the absence of sound and listening isn't really a passive act. while used strategically and with purpose—together and separately—silence and listening are strong rhetorical units quintessential to powerful verbal exchange. The essays conceal quite a lot of topics, together with ladies rhetors from historical Greece and medieval and Renaissance Europe; African philosophy and African American rhetoric; modern antiwar protests within the usa; activist clash solution in Israel and Palestine; and feminist and second-language pedagogies.

Taken jointly, the essays during this quantity boost the argument that silence and listening are as vital to rhetoric and composition experiences because the extra commonly emphasised arts of interpreting, writing, and conversing and are really powerful for theorizing, historicizing, studying, and educating. an exceptionally useful source for teachers and scholars in rhetoric, composition, and communique reports, Silence and Listening as Rhetorical Arts also will have functions past academia, assisting contributors, cultural teams, and countries extra productively parent and enforce acceptable activities whilst all events conform to interact in rhetorical occasions that come with not just respectful conversing, studying, and writing but additionally efficient silence and rhetorical listening.

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Rather, contemplation threaded through her activism: she “pursued the kind of activism her mystical experience demanded and the kind her writings set before us” (9). God makes this point clear to Catherine: “[T]he soul in love with my truth never ceases doing service for all the world” (Dialogue 37). That 39 history interrelation between contemplation and action structured Catherine’s life and infused her words with rhetorical authority. 1 Less than a year after her first vision, the seven-yearold Catherine “withdrew herself from all company” to gain a “freer and more familiar access to God in holy meditations and prayer,” describes Raymond.

Imagining Woman, Seeing Silence, and Signifying Nothing While perspectives grounded in revisionist historiography and gender studies reveal women’s historical presence, Lacan helps us to unveil the influence of their words’ absence. In his “Seminar on ‘The Purloined Letter,’” for example, Lacan’s discussion of the queen’s epistle offers insight into the relationship of Aspasia’s lost words to their paradoxical historical impact. Lacan posits the purloined letter as a “pure signifier” (10)—since its contents are unknown to the reader, it is a signifier without a signified.

Unspoken: A Rhetoric of Silence. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2004. Print. Hamerling, Robert. Aspasia: A Romance of Art and Love in Ancient Hellas. 2 vols. Trans. Mary J. Safford. New York: Gottsberger, 1885. Print. Henry, Madeleine M. Prisoner of History: Aspasia of Miletus and Her Biographical Tradition. New York: Oxford UP, 1995. Print. Herrick, James A. The History and Theory of Rhetoric: An Introduction. 3rd ed. New York: Pearson, 2004. Print. Homer, Sean. Jacques Lacan. New York: Routledge, 2005.

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