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When Words Lose Their Meaning
Author: James Boyd White

ISBN: 9780226895024
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 398
Published: 17 December 1983
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.1 x 14.7 x 2.2
Description:
Through fresh readings of texts ranging from Homer's "Iliad," Swift's "Tale of a Tub," and Austen's "Emma" through the United States Constitution and "McCulloch v. Maryland," James Boyd White examines the relationship between an individual mind and its language and culture as well as the "textual community" established between writer and audience. These striking textual analyses develop a rhetoric--a "way of reading" that can be brought to any text but that, in broader terms, becomes a way of learning that can shape the reader's life.
"In this ambitious and demanding work of literary criticism, James Boyd White seeks to communicate 'a sense of reading in a new and different way.' . . . White's] marriage of lawyerly acumen and classically trained literary sensibility--equally evident in his earlier work, "The Legal Imagination"--gives the best parts of "When Words Lose Their Meaning" a gravity and moral earnestness rare in the pages of contemporary literary criticism."--Roger Kimball, "American Scholar"
"James Boyd White makes a state-of...

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