When Words Lose Their Meaning

Author: James Boyd White
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226056043
Release Date: 2012-12-21
Genre: Law

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-the-art attempt to enrich legal theory with the insights of modern literary theory. Of its kind, it is a singular and standout achievement. . . . [White's] selections span the whole range of legal, literary, and political offerings, and his writing evidences a sustained and intimate experience with these texts. Writing with natural elegance, White manages to be insightful and inciteful. Throughout, his timely book is energized by an urgent love of literature and law and their liberating potential. His passion and sincerity are palpable."—Allan C. Hutchinson, Yale Law Journal "Undeniably a unique and significant work. . . . When Words Lose Their Meaning is a rewarding book by a distinguished legal scholar. It is a showcase for the most interesting sort of inter-disciplinary work: the kind that brings together from traditionally separate fields not so much information as ideas and approaches."—R. B. Kershner, Jr., Georgia Review

Controversy Courts and Community

Author: Verna C. Corgan
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 0313292477
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Law

Explores how a famous trial court judge used rhetorical strategies to engage the public and the legal community in challenging the accepted views of the proper roles for the courts and the community in the pursuit of "justice." Analyzes the role of Judge Lord in stimulating public debate about some well-known and controversial cases and in doing so helps enrich our understanding of how trial court judicial opinions when clearly argued in plain language and dramatized effectively contribute to public perceptions and a fruitful discussion of the law, the courts, and their relationships to the community. The practical insights that this study offers will be useful to students, teachers, and professionals in law, communications, public policy, and American studies.

The Constitutional Bases of Political and Social Change in the United States

Author: Shlomo Slonim
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 0275930718
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Law

This volume collects the papers presented at a conference sponsored by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to mark the bicentennial of the framing and adoption of the U.S. Constitution. Each paper focuses specifically on one aspect of the Constitution; the subject matter ranges from executive-legislative relations to minority rights, religious freedom, and constitutional reform. Throughout, comments and rebuttals are also included. Unique in its international approach to constitutional issues and developments, this volume will be of significant interest to constitutional and legal scholars.

Sourcebook on Rhetoric

Author: James Jasinski
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0761905049
Release Date: 2001-07-19
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

This book is designed to introduce readers to the language of contemporary rhetorical studies. The book format is an alphabetized glossary (with appropriate cross listings) of key terms and concepts in contemporary rhetorical studies. An introductory chapter outlines the definitional ambiguities of the central concept of rhetoric itself. The primary emphasis is on the contemporary tradition of rhetorical studies as it has emerged in the discipline of speech communication. Each entry in the glossary ranges in length from a few paragraphs to a short essay of a few pages. Where appropriate, examples are provided to further illustrate the term or concept. Each entry will be accompanied by a list of references and additional readings to direct the reader to other materials of possible interest.

Representative Words

Author: Thomas Gustafson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521395127
Release Date: 1992
Genre: Literary Criticism

Thomas Gustafson examines how and why Americans renewed and developed the tradition of writing connecting political disorders and the corruption of language between the ages of the Revolutionary and the Civil Wars.

Do what You Can

Author: Mildred Louise Jackson
ISBN: UOM:39015071213774
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Libraries

Conceptual Change and the Constitution

Author: Terence Ball
ISBN: UOM:39015013401347
Release Date: 1988
Genre: Law

In this volume distinguished historians and political scientists examine the linguistic and conceptual dimension of the American Founding. They analyze political discourse during the short span of years from the Revolution through ratification.

Stories of Justice

Author: Verna Corrine Corgan
ISBN: MINN:31951D00973683P
Release Date: 1992
Genre: Judicial opinions

Keeping the Faith

Author: John E. Semonche
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 0847689859
Release Date: 1998-01-01
Genre: Law

Looks at the influence of Supreme Court justices, cases, and decisions on American society