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Conversation : A History of a Declining Art.

Author/Creator:
Miller, Stephen.
Publication:
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2006.
Format/Description:
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1 online resource (357 pages)
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Subjects:
Conversation analysis.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
Essayist Stephen Miller pursues a lifelong interest in conversation 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 G. Frankfurt brought wide attention to the art of bullshit 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 judgmental as powerful forces that are likely to diminish the art of conversation.
Contents:
Intro
Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
One. Conversation and Its Discontents
Two. Ancient Conversation: From the Book of Job to Plato's Symposium
Three. Three Factors Affecting Conversation: Religion, Commerce, Women
Four. The Age of Conversation: Eighteenth-Century Britain
Five. Samuel Johnson: A Conversational Triumph
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: Conversation Lost
Six. Conversation in Decline: From Raillery to Reverie
Seven. Conversation in America: From Benjamin Franklin to Dale Carnegie
Eight. Modern Enemies of Conversation: From Countercultural Theorists to "White Negroes"
Nine. The Ways We Don't Converse Now
Ten. The End of Conversation?
Bibliographical Essay
Index.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Contributor:
Wright, Carol V.
Other format:
Print version: Miller, Stephen Conversation
ISBN:
9780300130188
9780300110302
OCLC:
923590083