Toward a Rhetoric of Insult

Toward a Rhetoric of Insult

by Thomas Conley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0226114775

ISBN-13: 9780226114774

Pub. Date: 06/01/2010

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

From high school cafeterias to the floor of Congress, insult is a truly universal and ubiquitous cultural practice with a long and earthy history. And yet, this most human of human behaviors has rarely been the subject of organized and comprehensive attention—until Toward a Rhetoric of Insult. Viewed through the lens of the study of rhetoric, insult,

Overview

From high school cafeterias to the floor of Congress, insult is a truly universal and ubiquitous cultural practice with a long and earthy history. And yet, this most human of human behaviors has rarely been the subject of organized and comprehensive attention—until Toward a Rhetoric of Insult. Viewed through the lens of the study of rhetoric, insult, Thomas M. Conley argues, is revealed as at once antisocial and crucial for human relations, both divisive and unifying.

Explaining how this works and what exactly makes up a rhetoric of insult prompts Conley to range across the vast and splendidly colorful history of offense. Taking in Monty Python, Shakespeare, Eminem, Cicero, Henry Ford, and the Latin poet Martial, Conley breaks down various types of insults, examines the importance of audience, and explores the benign side of abuse. In doing so, Conley initiates readers into the world of insult appreciation, enabling us to regard insults not solely as means of expressing enmity or disdain, but as fascinating aspects of human interaction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226114774
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface1
The Range of InsultTerms of Abuse: The Lexical ApproachBeyond the LexiconNonverbal “Terms”The Problem of the Intrinsic2
Traditional Principles of InsultSex, Lies, and Rhetorical CommunityAll Those Nauseous Epigrams of MartialThe Domestication of Sir John Falstaff “I shall taunt you a second time-a!”: Monty PythonJust Add a Dash of TheologyLines and StorylinesDoing the DozensMind Your MannersInsults as “Rhetoric”3
Beyond “Traditional” RhetoricThe Paradox of InsultThe Economics of ShameMaintaining vs. Interrogating HierarchiesEnforcing “Civility”The Aesthetic AngleAd bellum purifi candum?A Parting ShotNotes for Further Reading

Index

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