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Declaring Independence: Jefferson, Natural Language, and the Culture of Performance (Paperback)
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Declaring Independence: Jefferson, Natural Language, and the Culture of Performance (Paperback)

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Paperback 290 Pages / Published: 01/02/1993
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This book sets the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution in general in the context of a revolution in rhetorical theory and practice that sought to discover a new language, a natural language equivalent to natural law that would permit, by its self-evidence, perfect understanding and the galvanising of public opinion. By demonstrating the intimate connections between the history of politics and the history of rhetoric and by tracing the larger issues of the Declaration to and through a wide array of cultural expressions - Declaring Independence offers, on the eve of the 250th anniversary of Jefferson's birth, the first full-length cultural contextualisation of America's founding document, as well as an interdisciplinary brief for reconsidering and enlarging the kinds of "facts" that are traditionally judged to be relevant to the understanding of a major historical document.

Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804720762
Number of pages: 290
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


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"From the simple fact that Jefferson's text was intended to be read aloud as a literal declaration of political independence, Fliegelman has woven a truly brilliant picture of Jefferson, the document, and American politics and letters. . . . The result is a profoundly exciting new way of understanding the Declaration, its author, and the performative act of the Revolution itself."-Isaac Kramnick, Cornell University.
"Such a deft blending of careful accessibility and intellectual sophistication that it will be useful and compelling to a range of scholars, from undergraduates to professors of English, history, and political science."-Mitchell Breitwieser, University of California, Berkeley.
"Will more or less immediately transform current study of 18th-century American literature and culture."-Mitchell Breitwieser, University of California, Berkeley.

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