And No Birds Sing: Rhetorical Analyses of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring

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SIU Press, 2000 - Science - 232 pages
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Craig Waddell presents essays investigating Rachel Carson's influential 1962 book, Silent Spring. In his foreword, Paul Brooks, Carson's editor at Houghton Mifflin, describes the process that resulted in Silent Spring. In an afterword, Linda Lear, Carson's recent biographer, recalls the end of Carson's life and outlines the attention that Carson's book and Carson herself received from scholars and biographers, attention that focused so minutely on her life that it detracted from a focus on her work. The foreword by Brooks and the afterword by Lear frame this exploration within the context of Carson's life and work.

Contributors are Edward P. J. Corbett, Carol B, Gartner, Cheryll Glotfelty, Randy Harris, M. Jimmie Killingsworth, Linda Lear, Ralph H. Lutts, Christine Oravec, Jacqueline S. Palmer, Markus J. Peterson, Tarla Rai Peterson, and Craig Waddell. Together, these essays explore Silent Spring's effectiveness in conveying its disturbing message and the rhetorical strategies that helped create its wide influence.

 

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Contents

Silent Spring Radioactive Fallout
17
An Inventional Archaeology of A Fable
42
A Topical Analysis of The Obligation to Endure
60
Ecology According to Silent Springs
73
OtherWords in Silent Spring
126
The Trope of War
157
An Essay
174
Searching for Rachel Carson
205
Contributors
221
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Craig Waddell is an associate professor of rhetoric at Michigan Technological University. He is also editor of Landmark Essays on Rhetoric and the Environment.  

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