Unspoken: A Rhetoric of Silence / Edition 3

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Overview

In our talkative Western culture, speech is synonymous with authority and influence while silence is frequently misheard as passive agreement when it often signifies much more. In her groundbreaking exploration of silence as a significant rhetorical art, Cheryl Glenn articulates the ways in which tactical silence can be as expressive and strategic an instrument of human communication as speech itself.
        

Drawing from linguistics, phenomenology, feminist studies, anthropology, ethnic studies, and literary analysis, Unspoken: A Rhetoric of Silence theorizes both a cartography and grammar of silence. By mapping the range of spaces silence inhabits, Glenn offers a new interpretation of its complex variations and uses.

Glenn contextualizes the rhetoric of silence by focusing on selected contemporary examples. Listening to silence and voice as gendered positions, she analyzes the highly politicized silences and words of a procession of figures she refers to as “all the President’s women,” including Anita Hill, Lani Guiner, Gennifer Flowers, and Chelsea Clinton. She also turns an investigative ear to the cultural taciturnity attributed to various Native American groups—Navajo, Apache, Hopi, and Pueblo—and its true meaning. Through these examples, Glenn reinforces the rhetorical contributions of the unspoken, codifying silence as a rhetorical device with the potential to deploy, defer, and defeat power.

Unspoken concludes by suggesting opportunities for further research into silence and silencing, including music, religion, deaf communities, cross-cultural communication, and the circulation of silence as a creative resource within the college classroom and for college writers.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Cheryl Glenn has written a thoughtful and engaging volume focusing on silence as a rhetoric. Presenting new material in an original manner that spans academic settings, contemporary Washington politics, and the silences among Native Americans, Unspoken offers a major contribution to the fields of rhetoric and communication.”—George Kalamaras, Reclaiming the Tacit Dimension: Symbolic Form in the Rhetoric of Silence

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809325849
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,380,391
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Cheryl Glenn is an associate professor of English at The Pennsylvania State University and coeditor (with Shirley Wilson Logan) of the Studies in Rhetorics and Feminisms series from Southern Illinois University Press. Her past publications include Rhetoric Retold: Regendering the Tradition from Antiquity Through the Renaissance, Making Sense: A New Rhetorical Reader, and (with Margaret Lyday and Wendy Sharer) Rhetorical Education in America.

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Table of Contents

A word (or two) on terms and categories
1 Defining silence 1
2 Engendering silence 20
3 Witnessing silence 49
4 Attesting silence 77
5 Commanding silence 107
6 Opening silence 150
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