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The Prophetic Tradition and Radical Rhetoric in America - James Darsey

The Prophetic Tradition and Radical Rhetoric in America

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Published: 1st August 1997
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The Prophetic Tradition and Radical Rhetoric in America importantly connects the radical rhetorical tradition with biblical (prophetic) roots as an alternative to the Greek rhetorical tradition.... The book also makes an important contribution to the history of the present in showing that contemporary radical movements are grounded in American tradition and ethos. The story tells of a direct, actual, and unbroken line from Paine and the revolution to Phillips to Debs [that] is simply riveting.--Daniel Boyarin, author of A Radical Jew: Paul and the Politics of IdentityThis expansive volume traces the rhetoric of reform across American history, examining such pivotal periods as the American Revolution, slavery, McCarthyism, and today's gay liberation movement. At a time when social movements led by religious leaders, from Louis Farrakhan to Pat Buchanan, are playing a central role in American politics, James Darsey connects this radical tradition with its prophetic roots. Public discourse in the West is derived from the Greek principles of civility, diplomacy, compromise, and negotiation. On this model, radical speech is often taken to be a sympton of social disorder. Not so, contends Darsey, who argues that the rhetoric of reform in America represents the continuation of a tradition separate from the commonly accepted principles of the Greeks. Though the links have gone unrecognized, the American radical tradition stems not from Aristotle, he maintains, but from the prophets of the Hebrew Bible.

"The Prophetic Tradition and Radical Rhetoric in America importantly connects the radical rhetorical tradition with biblical (prophetic) roots as an alternative to the Greek rhetorical tradition... The book also makes an important contribution to the history of the present in showing that contemporary radical movements are grounded in American tradition and ethos. The story tells of a direct, actual, and unbroken line from Paine and the revolution to Phillips to Debs [that] is simply riveting." --Daniel Boyarin, author of A Radical Jew: Paul and the Politics of Identity

Preface
Radical Rhetoric and American Community: Threnody for Sophrosynep. 1
Old Testament Prophecy as Radical Ursprachp. 15
Prophecy as Sacred Truth: Self-Evidence and Righteousness in the American Revolutionp. 35
Prophecy as Krisis: Wendell Phillips and the Sin of Slaveryp. 61
The Prophet's Call and His Burden: The Passion of Eugene V. Debsp. 85
The Word in Darknessp. 111
A Vision of the Apocalypse: Joe McCarthy's Rhetoric of the Fantasticp. 128
Prophecy as Poetry: The Romantic Vision of Robert Welchp. 151
Secular Argument and the Language of Commodity: Gay Liberation and Merely Civil Rightsp. 175
The Seraph and the Snakep. 199
Notesp. 211
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780814718766
ISBN-10: 0814718760
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 1st August 1997
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57