By C. Jan Swearingen
This pathbreaking learn integrates the histories of rhetoric, literacy, and literary aesthetics as much as the time of Augustine, concentrating on Western ideas of rhetoric as dissembling and of language as misleading that Swearingen argues have obtained apparently widespread emphasis in Western aesthetics and language concept. Swearingen reverses the normal specialise in rhetoric as an oral agonistic style and examines it as a substitute as a paradigm for literate discourse. She proposes that rhetoric and literacy have within the West disseminated the interrelated notions that via studying rhetoric contributors can learn how to manage language and others; that language is an unreliable, manipulable, and contingent motor vehicle of inspiration, that means, and verbal exchange; and that literature is a physique of beautiful lies and beguiling fictions. In a daring concluding bankruptcy Swearingen aligns her thesis referring to early Western literacy and rhetoric with modern severe and rhetorical concept; with feminist reports in language, psychology, and tradition; and with stories of literacy in multi- and cross-cultural settings.