Magic, Rhetoric, and Literacy: An Eccentric History of the Composing Imagination / Edition 1

Magic, Rhetoric, and Literacy: An Eccentric History of the Composing Imagination / Edition 1

by William A. Covino
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791420841

ISBN-13: 9780791420843

Pub. Date: 08/01/1994

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This book presents a selective, introductory reading of key texts in the history of magic from antiquity forward, in order to construct a suggestive conceptual framework for disrupting our conventional notions about rhetoric and literacy.

Offering an overarching, pointed synthesis of the interpenetration of magic, rhetoric, and literacy, William A. Covino draws from

Overview

This book presents a selective, introductory reading of key texts in the history of magic from antiquity forward, in order to construct a suggestive conceptual framework for disrupting our conventional notions about rhetoric and literacy.

Offering an overarching, pointed synthesis of the interpenetration of magic, rhetoric, and literacy, William A. Covino draws from theorists ranging from Plato and Cornelius Agrippa to Paulo Freire and Mary Daly, and analyzes the different magics that operate in Renaissance occult philosophy and Romantic literature, as well as in popular indicators of mass literacy such as “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and The National Enquirer.

Magic, Rhetoric, and Literacy distinguishes two kinds of magic-rhetoric that continue to affect our psychological and cultural life today. Generative magic-rhetoric creates novel possibilities for action, within a broad sympathetic universe of signs and symbols. Arresting magic-rhetoric attempts to induce automatistic behavior, by inculcating rules and maxims that function like magic ritual formulas: JUST SAY NO. In this connection, the literate individual is one who can interrogate arresting language, and generate “counter-spells.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791420843
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/01/1994
Series:
SUNY series, Literacy, Culture, and Learning: Theory and Practice Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
189

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Articulate and Inarticulate Power

1. Magic, Rhetoric, and Literacy

Magic
Rhetoric
Literacy

2. The Interanimation of Phantasms

The History of Phantasy
Renaissance Magic Rhetoric in the Light of Faith
Agrippa's Occult Philosophy

3. Parcels and Palimpsests

From Magic to Science
Natural Language Nationalized
Magic and Romanticism
De Quincey's Palimpsest

4. Magic Consciousness

Burke's Magic
Adorno Against Occultism
Marcuse's Universe of Discourse
Freire's Magic Consciousness

5. Grimoires and Witches

Arresting the New Age
The National Enquirer
Magic Nuggets and Tabloid Epistemology
Oprah and the Witches

Notes

References

Index

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