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By Susan Miller

ISBN-10: 0585043884

ISBN-13: 9780585043883

ISBN-10: 0822956373

ISBN-13: 9780822956372

Winner of the 1999 Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize for amazing study e-book within the box of training English language, literature, rhetoric and composition.

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From this rhetorical, not semiotic, perspective, it is acts of writing, not interpreted texts, that warrant analysis by humanists interested in revealing the texture of a culture. Of course, it is much easier to reproduce and analyze what people read, or should read, than to retrieve and make available what they write, just as it is more comfortable to appreciate or critique what people hear and see than to argue for the circulating power of what they say and make. Most, even among culturalists who are willing to acknowledge the energies of a "populace," specify those energies in a tight narrative in which people choose or reject art, civic responsibilities, the news media, and even encounters with nature, all of which are usually portrayed as entirely available but willfully misjudged.

It is rediscovered now in its obvious places by the professions that can see only internal locales of desire, the language of the psychology installed by twentieth-century descriptive magic. Before that descriptive trick, regulated desires remained a hidden and prescriptive cultural rhetoric. But this is not, we see, as it must be. Lacan's definition of subjectivity, as "a relation . of a syntax which engenders in the real the signifying mark," hereby places human subjectivity at a distance from that mark itself, not where we are looking.

Neither formalized genres nor their content in this group of texts confirms the expectations of outworn blueprints for gender analyses. Both chapters 4 and 5 suggest that gender is often analyzed and reinforced as a category to avoid explaining how the class prerogatives of elite females were models for later bourgeois domestic propriety. Chapter 6 additionally details the transmission of patriarchy as an identity conveyed literally "on the pulse," in instructive letters from fathers to sons. Examples of this genre make it clear that property and economy should be read not only as vivid metaphors for entitled male identity.

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