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

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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.”

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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 Power1
Ch. 1Magic, Rhetoric, and Literacy11
Magic11
Rhetoric16
Literacy24
Ch. 2The Interanimation of Phantasms31
The History of Phantasy32
Renaissance Magic Rhetoric in the Light of Faith40
Agrippa's Occult Philosophy46
Ch. 3Parcels and Palimpsests59
From Magic to Science60
Natural Language Nationalized65
Magic and Romanticism71
De Quincey's Palimpsest75
Ch. 4Magic Consciousness89
Burke's Magic91
Adorno Against Occultism94
Marcuse's Universe of Discourse106
Freire's Magic Consciousness112
Ch. 5Grimoires and Witches117
Arresting the New Age117
The National Enquirer121
Magic Nuggets and Tabloid Epistemology130
Oprah and the Witches140
Notes153
References171
Index185

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