Literary Criticism

How Words Make Things Happen

Author: David Bromwich

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 128

View: 184

Sooner or later, our words take on meanings other than we intended. How Words Make Things Happen suggests that the conventional idea of persuasive rhetoric (which assumes a speaker's control of calculated effects) and the modern idea of literary autonomy (which assumes that 'poetry makes nothing happen') together have produced a misleading account of the relations between words and human action. Words do make things happen. But they cannot be counted on to produce the result they intend. This volume studies examples from a range of speakers and writers and offers close readings of their words. Chapter 1 considers the theory of speech-acts propounded by J.L. Austin. 'Speakers Who Convince Themselves' is the subject of chapter 2, which interprets two soliloquies by Shakespeare's characters and two by Milton's Satan. The oratory of Burke and Lincoln come in for extended treatment in chapter 3, while chapter 4 looks at the rival tendencies of moral suasion and aestheticism in the poetry of Yeats and Auden. The final chapter, a cause of controversy when first published in the London Review of Books, supports a policy of unrestricted free speech against contemporary proposals of censorship. Since we cannot know what our own words are going to do, we have no standing to justify the banishment of one set of words in favour of another.
Literary Criticism

How Words Make Things Happen

Author: David Bromwich

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 128

View: 716

Sooner or later, our words take on meanings other than we intended. How Words Make Things Happen suggests that the conventional idea of persuasive rhetoric (which assumes a speaker's control of calculated effects) and the modern idea of literary autonomy (which assumes that 'poetry makes nothing happen') together have produced a misleading account of the relations between words and human action. Words do make things happen. But they cannot be counted on to produce the result they intend. This volume studies examples from a range of speakers and writers and offers close readings of their words. Chapter 1 considers the theory of speech-acts propounded by J.L. Austin. 'Speakers Who Convince Themselves' is the subject of chapter 2, which interprets two soliloquies by Shakespeare's characters and two by Milton's Satan. The oratory of Burke and Lincoln come in for extended treatment in chapter 3, while chapter 4 looks at the rival tendencies of moral suasion and aestheticism in the poetry of Yeats and Auden. The final chapter, a cause of controversy when first published in the London Review of Books, supports a policy of unrestricted free speech against contemporary proposals of censorship. Since we cannot know what our own words are going to do, we have no standing to justify the banishment of one set of words in favour of another.
Social Science

Making Things Happen

Author: Joan Wolfe

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 139

View: 524

Gives practical advice to volunteer organizations on attracting new members, getting publicity, organizing programs, following parliamentary procedure, holding elections, and developing leadership
English language

Language in Thought and Action

Author: Samuel Ichiyé Hayakawa

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P

ISBN:

Category: English language

Page: 318

View: 141

A revised, updated edition of S. I. Hayakawa's classic work on semantics. He discusses the role of language, its many functions, and how language shapes our thinking. Introduction by Robert MacNeil; Index.

Language Acts

Author: Elisabeth Maria Mira Kyle

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 95

View: 254

This work addresses the performative nature of language: the connection between language and performance; in essence, it will address how words make things happen. The connection between language and performance is explored in two very distinct ways via extended essays. The first essay looks at the connection between language performance and ecosystems through the lens of endangered languages and their relationship to ecosystem health and the world's current wave of species extinction, and argues that language may have a biological role in the natural world. The second essay explores the idea of "language acts" through the academic methods of performance studies and research-creation. In this essay, a biographical play and dramatization of writer Emily Brontë contends that Brontë was a proto-modernist artist. This work also serves as an exercise, a language act, in making connections and in making meaning, through the lens of the GLS experience.
Humor

Helping Young Children Grow

Author: Erna Furman

Publisher: International Universities PressInc

ISBN:

Category: Humor

Page: 427

View: 888

"Furman leads us step-by-step from the first emotionally dependent crucial relationship between the mother and her baby through the maturing child's need and ability to form new and different relationships. This work is valuable reading for prospective parents, those who are already parents, and anyone working with children." --Robert D. Gillman, M.D.
English language

Winning with Words

Author: World Book, Inc. Staff

Publisher: World Book

ISBN:

Category: English language

Page: 736

View: 129

Business presentations

Small Business Microsoft Office 97 for Dummies

Author: Dave Johnson

Publisher: For Dummies

ISBN:

Category: Business presentations

Page: 348

View: 867

Small business owners will get the most from this suite of applications and maximize the capabilities of the Internet with the help of this "For Dummies" title. The CD-ROM contains sample templates for letters, marketing materials, time cards, and Web pages, plus extra sounds and fonts, helpful macros, and graphics files for use in documents and on Web pages.
Business & Economics

Talk Less, Say More

Author: Connie Dieken

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 176

View: 346

Talk Less, Say More is a revolutionary guide to 21st century communication skills to help you be more influential and make things happen in our distracted, attention-deficit world. It's loaded with specific tips and takeaways to ensure that you're fully heard, clearly understood, and trigger positive responses in any business or social situation. It's the first book to deliver a proven method to master the core leadership skill of influence. Talk Less, Say More lays out a powerful 3-step method called Connect, Convey, Convince (R) and guides you in how to use these habits to be more influential. This succinct book solves your modern communication issues in today's demanding, distracted world at a time when interaction skills are plummeting. Communication is the single greatest challenge in business today. It takes just 3 habits to conquer it. Talk Less, Say More will help you achieve more with less. Less wordiness. Less tune-out. Less frustration. You'll gain more time. More positive outcomes. More rewarding relationships.
Health & Fitness

The Healing Reponse

Author: Michael Loes, M.D.

Publisher: Freedom PressInc

ISBN:

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 144

View: 474

In this book, Dr. Loes details the Ten Principles and Laws of Healing and how to apply them. Also included are starter assessment tools and practical program tips. Finally, there are special sections on pain, healing wounds and fractures, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue and headaches. The book follows a clear and logical pattern, and Dr. Loes applies his vast experience, and shows examples of how his applied principles can work for individual patients. Each principle is accompanied by a metaphor, which helps to explain the message Dr. Loes is communicating.
Education

Power in the Academy

Author: Jerome Satterthwaite

Publisher: Trentham Books Limited

ISBN:

Category: Education

Page: 194

View: 365

Contributors from the Caribbean, the USA, China and the UK discuss the impact of power on research.
Philosophy

The Church of the Word

Author: John B. Ackley

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN:

Category: Philosophy

Page: 381

View: 686

This book illuminates the nature and locus of authority in the Lutheran-Catholic ecumenical dialogue by comparing the concepts of Word of God, church and office in the thought of Catholic theologian Karl Rahner (1904-1984) and Lutheran theologian Gerhard Ebeling (1912- ). The study examines the ontological, anthropological, linguistic and hermeneutical principles underlying their positions. The result is the discovery of some areas of surprising convergence as well as fundamental differences. Finally, the author proposes how, despite deep differences, Rahner's and Ebeling's views are complementary rather than contradictory.