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Cardinal Men and Scarlet Women : A Colorful Etymology of Words That Discriminate
     

Cardinal Men and Scarlet Women : A Colorful Etymology of Words That Discriminate

by Jan Keessen, Bill Hannan (Illustrator)
 

Words such as cardinal and scarlet can describe the same color but they take on markedly different meanings when we use them to consider the worth of a cardinal man or a scarlet woman. The comparison seems to conjure significantly more prejudice when we consider that a cardinal man is revered as righteous while a scarlet woman is reviled as wicked, particularly in

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Words such as cardinal and scarlet can describe the same color but they take on markedly different meanings when we use them to consider the worth of a cardinal man or a scarlet woman. The comparison seems to conjure significantly more prejudice when we consider that a cardinal man is revered as righteous while a scarlet woman is reviled as wicked, particularly in terms of her sexual activity. In a similar way, by contrasting other pairs of words, we can see how they too invite discriminatory connotations in terms of what we value: Christian and pagan, crusade and jihad, highbrow and lowbrow, wizard and witch, right and left, white and black.

Keessen presents this playful yet scholarly study by way of a series of informal essays, arranged by chapter and topic, and in a storytellers lexicon tells us how certain notions developed.

Generously illustrated with whimsical illustrations by award winning artist Bill Hannan.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874620221
Publisher:
Marquette University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Jan Keessen earned her PhD in English at the University of Chicago where she was the Norman Maclean Scholar. Currently she is Professor of English at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where she has also narrated word histories for the College s arm of National Public Radio.

Bill Hannan's career as an artist started when he was in High School and sold his first commercial work. He has spent 34 years as a teacher of art at Black Hawk College in Moline, IL. Also pursuing a parallel career as a free-lance artist. He is an award winning calligrapher, bookbinder, illustrator, maker of Christmas cards and designer. Currently, he is retired from teaching full time and is following his dream of being a teller of stories in pictures.

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