And No Birds Sing: Rhetorical Analyses of Rachael Carson's Silent Spring / Edition 1

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Overview

Craig Waddell presents essays investigating Rachel Carson’s influential 1962 book, Silent Spring. In his foreword, Paul Brooks, Carson’s editor at Houghton Mifflin, describes the process that resulted in Silent Spring. In an afterword, Linda Lear, Carson’s recent biographer, recalls the end of Carson’s life and outlines the attention that Carson’s book and Carson herself received from scholars and biographers, attention that focused so minutely on her life that it detracted from a focus on her work. The foreword by Brooks and the afterword by Lear frame this exploration within the context of Carson’s life and work.

Contributors are Edward P. J. Corbett, Carol B, Gartner, Cheryll Glotfelty, Randy Harris,  M. Jimmie Killingsworth, Linda Lear, Ralph H. Lutts, Christine Oravec, Jacqueline S. Palmer, Markus J. Peterson, Tarla Rai Peterson, and Craig Waddell. Together, these essays explore Silent Spring’s effectiveness in conveying its disturbing message and the rhetorical strategies that helped create its wide influence.

 

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“This collection of original critical and contexting essays, And No Birds Sing, provides rhetorical analyses and additional materials aiding further analyses of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, one of the most significant public documents in setting citizen and policy agendas in this half century. As the first volume of rhetorical analysis on this important work, Waddell’s collection makes a major contribution to contemporary rhetoric, rhetoric of the environment, history of the environmental movement, Rachel Carson studies, and contemporary American culture.”—Charles Bazerman, author of Constructing Experience

Charles Bazerman
This collection of original critical and contexting essays, And No Birds Sing, provides rhetorical analyses and additional materials aiding further analyses of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, one of the most significant public documents in setting citizen and policy agendas in this half century. As the first volume of rhetorical analysis on this important work, Waddell’s collection makes a major contribution to contemporary rhetoric, rhetoric of the environment, history of the environmental movement, Rachel Carson studies, and contemporary American culture.
—author of Constructing Experience
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809322190
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Waddell is an associate professor of rhetoric at Michigan Technological University. He is also editor of Landmark Essays on Rhetoric and the Environment.  

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Rachel Carson and Silent Spring
Acknowledgments
1 The Reception of Silent Spring: An Introduction 1
2 Chemical Fallout: Silent Spring, Radioactive Fallout, and the Environmental Movement 17
3 An Inventional Archaeology of "A Fable for Tomorrow" 42
4 A Topical Analysis of "The Obligation to Endure" 60
5 Ecology According to Silent Spring's Vision of Progress 73
6 When Science Writing Becomes Literary Art: The Success of Silent Spring 103
7 Other-Words in Silent Spring 126
8 Cold War, Silent Spring: The Trope of War in Modern Environmentalism 157
9 Silent Spring and Science Fiction: An Essay in the History and Rhetoric of Narrative 174
Afterword: Searching for Rachel Carson 205
Contributors 221
Index 225
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