Voices in the Wilderness: Public Discourse and the Paradox of Puritan Rhetoric

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Overview

This persuasive analysis of Puritan public discourse and its social consequences offers significant new ideas about the influence of Puritan language practices on American cultural identity.
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“This book examines what has gone wrong with public discourse and deliberation in the United States using the American Puritans as a case study that informs our understanding of current practice.” -Gregory Clark, Brigham Young University

Voices in the Wilderness contributes to the expansion of research beyond the history of ideas about rhetoric to examine the rhetorical and ethical practices of more diverse traditions. Roberts-Miller’s analysis will be of particular interest to scholars working on theories of the public sphere and histories of religious rhetorics.” —Rhetoric Society Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817309398
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.23 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Patricia Roberts-Miller is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Ghost in the Sphere 1
2 The Ontic Logos, Predestination, and Aims of Probability 10
3 The Place of the Opposition 44
4 Sugaring of Rhetoric 83
5 Prophets in a Howling Wilderness 118
6 Arguments with Voices in the Wilderness 157
Notes 181
Works Cited 193
Index 205
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