Reading America: Text as a Cultural Force

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Academica Press,LLC, 2007 - 680 páginas
Is there a unique visual infrastructure that keeps and defines a culture? Professor Guillen discusses a culture built entirely on the visual modality and, most significantly, on that province of the visual we negotiate through the written word. Although this work analyzes features critical to the American legal tradition from its origins in Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence to recent Supreme Court decisions---substantially exploring Judge Scalia's "originalist" movement and Posner's law and economics theories---the presiding agency remains the power of the written language to provide scaffolding to American culture. Writing, it is argued, contours: our worldview, our laws, morality, science, social problems, and affects film, media, broadcasting, comics and literary criticism. The effects of our national formation and the literature that sprung up to discuss the new nation and define its people have directly led to the evolution of our idiosyncratic legal and philosophical perspectives. The title of this work purposely carries a double meaning since it proposes to deal with a "reading of" American culture through its legal and cultural legacy as well as concluding with questions revolving around a well informed American "readership" essential for the preservation of the culture as well as the continued existence of a national collective conscience.
 

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As a Fulbright Scholar, I thought the book highly intelligent and painstakingly researched, although it is condescending toward the French, and only the French, whom I and many others find arrogant, stupid and unwashed.

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This book is not worth reading, it's author is a condesending ass.

Contenido

READING AMERICA
1
NATION MYTHS
7
A MYTH AND POLICYMAKING
24
B MYTH AS EXPECTATION
28
MANUSCRIPT CULTURE AND THE ADVENT OF PRINT
35
A RAMUS
42
B NEW ENGLAND BORROWING
52
C READING LEGAL TEXTS
63
TEXT AIRWAVES AND CONTENT REGULATION
347
MEDIATIZED NATIONAL INTEREST
369
A NEW LEFT AND NOVELS OF IDEAS
393
A SDS
401
B POPULAR ANALYSES
418
SKINNER DERRIDA BAUDRILLARD AND SUBVERSION
431
A EQUALITY OF MOTOR REFLEX
432
B EQUALITY AS REJECTION OF SOCIAL VALUES
442

AMERICAN CIVILIZATION
71
A THE NATION
75
B THE VAN RENNSELAER ELITE
80
ORIGINALISM AND ITS DISCONTENTS
91
A HOW TO INTERPRET CONSTITUTIONAL DICTA
93
B SEVERAL EMBARRASSING OUTCOMES
97
C WHAT OF HUMAN RIGHTS?
129
NEW YORK AND THE POLITICS OF WEALTH
137
A THE ECONOMY OF THE CITY
141
B THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE
145
C SOCIAL ORDER
147
D LITERARY ASSIMILATIONS
150
E URBAN BLIGHT
152
F EARLY NEW YORK LITERARY CONVENTIONS
159
G HERMAN MELVILLE AND NYS KNICKERBOCKERS
163
MELVILLES WALL STREET
169
A MELVILLES DARK BEETLING SECRECIES OF MORTAR AND STONE
175
B THE NARRATORS FRATERNAL MELANCHOLY
178
C DEAD LETTERS FROM THE LAND OF PROMISE AND OF PLENTY
181
BARTLEBY AND 19TH CENTURY TORT LAW
189
A THE LAWYER
191
B LEMUEL SHAW
196
C RES IPSA LOQUITAR
203
D SHAWS STILL MORE UNFORTUNATE COLT
206
AN EPISTEMOLOGY OF SKEPTICISM
213
ISABEL ARCHER AS UNREFLECTIVE THOUGHT
235
A THE NOVEL AS PICTORIAL ART
239
B PORTRAITURE AS CONSCIOUSNESS
253
AMERICAN LEGAL DISCOURSE
271
LAW AND POPULAR CULTURE
285
A FOLK KNOWLEDGE OF LAW
288
B A LEFTHANDED FORM OF HUMAN ENDEAVOR
295
CINEMA MEDIA AND THE SPECTATOR
309
COMIC BOOKS AND JUVENILE CRIME
327
THE ENTROPIC WORD
455
LANGUAGE AND RESPONSIBILITY
483
LANGUAGE CONSISTENCY AND TRUTH
486
B LANGUAGE ACQUISITION AND EXPOSURE
491
C WHY CANT JOHNNY READ?
493
D DEFICIT V DIFFERENCE
496
E DITTMAR ACROSS THE RHINE
499
F A NEW AGENDA
504
THE POLITICS OF CULTURAL ATAVISM
509
A A SCOTTISH GENETIC IMPERATIVE
515
MISREADING AMERICA
518
BILINGUAL INEQUALITIES
539
A EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY AND EQUALITY OF EFFECT
544
B THE EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY ACT EEOA
547
C DETRIMENTAL ASPECTS
550
D MEYER AND OTHER CONFLICTING PHILOSOPHIES
553
A PREDICTABLE CONSEQUENCE
556
EDUCATION REVALORIZED
561
A NETHIER CAN JOHNNY ADD SUBTRACT IDENTIFY OR REMEMBER
565
B But Johnny Can Vote BUT JOHNNY CAN VOTE
579
LIFE DEATH AND ACCOUNTABILITY
585
A TRAGIC CHOICES
589
B ETHICS AND ECUMENISM
593
C SYMMETRIES
597
D ETHICS AS PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY
601
E DOMESDAY AND OUR SELFAUDIT TRADITION
605
F THE ETHICS OF PATENTS AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
612
G THE QUANTIFICATION OF LIFE
617
CONCLUSION
623
BIBLIOGRAPHY
641
B ARTICLES
664
C CASES AND MATERIALS
673
INDEX
677
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Dr.Matthew Guillen is Professor of Anglo-American Jurisprudence, Sorbonne (Paris XII)

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