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Miller, Stephen Conversation - A History of a Declining Art
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Miller, Stephen

Conversation

A History of a Declining Art

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Essayist Stephen Miller pursues a lifelong interest in conversa tion by taking an historical and philosophical view of the subject. He chronicles the art of conversation in Western civilization from its beginnings in ancient Greece to its apex in eighteenth-century Britain to its current endangered state in America. As Harry Frankfurt brought wide attention to the art of verbiage in his recent bestselling "On Bullshit", so Miller now brings the art of conversation into the light, revealing why good conversation matters and why it is in decline. Miller explores the conversation about conversation among such great writers as Cicero, Montaigne, Swift, Defoe, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, and Virginia Woolf. He focuses on the world of British coffeehouses and clubs in "The Age of Conversation" and examines how this era ended. Turning his attention to the United States, the author traces a prolonged decline in the theory and practice of conversation from Benjamin Franklin through Hemingway to Dick Cheney. He cites our technology (iPods, cell phones, and video games) and our insistence on unguarded forthrightness as well as our fear of being judgemental as powerful forces that are likely to diminish the art of conversation.


Taal / Language : English

Inhoudsopgave:
Preface ix
Acknowledgments xvii
ONE Conversation and Its Discontents 1
TWO Ancient Conversation: From the Book of Job to Plato`s Symposium 29
THREE Three Factors Affecting Conversation: Religion, Commerce, Women 53
FOUR The Age of Conversation: Eighteenth-Century Britain 79
FIVE Samuel Johnson: A Conversational Triumph; Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: Conversation Lost 119
SIX Conversation in Decline: From Raillery to Reverie 150
SEVEN Conversation in America: From Benjamin Franklin to Dale Carnegie 194
EIGHT Modern Enemies of Conversation: From Countercultural Theorists to `White Negroes` 242
NINE The Ways We Don`t Converse Now 264
TEN The End of Conversation? 291
Bibliographical Essay 315
Index 329
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Paperback / softback
368 pagina's
Januari 2007
408 gram
203 x 133 x 25 mm
Yale University Press us

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