The Power of the Word: The Sacred and the Profane

The Power of the Word: The Sacred and the Profane

by Patsy J Daniels (Editor)



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The Power of the Word: The Sacred and the Profane by Patsy J Daniels

This book brings together twelve authors who look at the concept of the word from several different perspectives, inspiring in the reader a sense of wonder — to think of the lowly word, which we toss away in yesterday's newspaper, which we ignore on street signs, which we utter without giving a thought to the consequences of the power carried by the word. Moving from a psycholinguist explanation of the acquisition of language, the volume presents the function of the word in bad jokes, in propaganda, and in empowerment, from rhetorical strategies to poetry to silence. This volume explores a subject which can never be discussed completely: the word. Acknowledging this incompleteness, this volume nevertheless provides such insights that will allow the readers to see the word as a powerful instrument for changing the world in which they live.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781443875288
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication date: 05/01/2015
Pages: 255
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Patsy J. Daniels is a Professor of English at Jackson State University. Her publications include articles in several scholarly journals, two books of critical theory, and one edited volume, Constructing the Literary Self: Race and Gender in Twentieth-Century Literature (Cambridge Scholars, 2013). The Voice of the Oppressed in the Language of the Oppressor (Routledge, 2001) discusses the postcolonial nature of twelve authors and their works, while Understanding American Fiction as Postcolonial Literature (Edwin Mellen, 2011) posits the postcolonial nature of American literature. She has been a peer reviewer for six different scholarly journals, and served as editor of a scholarly journal based at Jackson State University, The Researcher: An Interdisciplinary Journal, between 2008 and 2014.

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