And No Birds Sing: Rhetorical Analyses of Rachael Carson's Silent Spring / Edition 1

And No Birds Sing: Rhetorical Analyses of Rachael Carson's Silent Spring / Edition 1

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And No Birds Sing: Rhetorical Analyses of Rachael Carson's Silent Spring / Edition 1

Craig Waddell presents essays investigating Rachel Carson’s influential 1962 book, Silent Spring. In his foreword, Paul Brooks, Carson’s editor at Houghton Mifflin, describes the process that resulted in Silent Spring. In an afterword, Linda Lear, Carson’s recent biographer, recalls the end of Carson’s life and outlines the attention that Carson’s book and Carson herself received from scholars and biographers, attention that focused so minutely on her life that it detracted from a focus on her work. The foreword by Brooks and the afterword by Lear frame this exploration within the context of Carson’s life and work.

Contributors are Edward P. J. Corbett, Carol B, Gartner, Cheryll Glotfelty, Randy Harris,  M. Jimmie Killingsworth, Linda Lear, Ralph H. Lutts, Christine Oravec, Jacqueline S. Palmer, Markus J. Peterson, Tarla Rai Peterson, and Craig Waddell. Together, these essays explore Silent Spring’s effectiveness in conveying its disturbing message and the rhetorical strategies that helped create its wide influence.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809322190
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 03/01/2000
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 1,103,343
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Rachel Carson and Silent Springxi
1The Reception of Silent Spring: An Introduction1
2Chemical Fallout: Silent Spring, Radioactive Fallout, and the Environmental Movement17
3An Inventional Archaeology of "A Fable for Tomorrow"42
4A Topical Analysis of "The Obligation to Endure"60
5Ecology According to Silent Spring's Vision of Progress73
6When Science Writing Becomes Literary Art: The Success of Silent Spring103
7Other-Words in Silent Spring126
8Cold War, Silent Spring: The Trope of War in Modern Environmentalism157
9Silent Spring and Science Fiction: An Essay in the History and Rhetoric of Narrative174
Afterword: Searching for Rachel Carson205

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