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Oliver Wendell Holmes and the Culture of Conversation.

By: Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and CulturePublisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2001Copyright date: ©2001Description: 1 online resource (412 pages)Content type:
  • text
Media type:
  • computer
Carrier type:
  • online resource
ISBN:
  • 9780511153525
Subject(s): Genre/Form: Additional physical formats: Print version:: Oliver Wendell Holmes and the Culture of ConversationDDC classification:
  • 818.309
LOC classification:
  • PS1992.C67 G54 2001
Online resources:
Contents:
Cover -- Half-title -- Series-title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- AN INTRODUCTION TO DOCTOR HOLMES -- HOLMESIAN TALK AND AMERICA'S CULTURE OF CONVERSATION -- OUTLINE: THE POLES OF CONVERSATION -- LEARNING TO READ AMERICAN TALK: HOLMES IN DIALOGUE WITH THE AMERICAN RENAISSANCE -- PART ONE Opening the conversation -- CHAPTER 1 THE CONVERSATION OF A CULTURE -- THE "CULTURE OF SHEER VERBOSITY": ORATORY AND CONVERSATION -- THE "ANIMATING SPIRIT OF THE AGE": AMERICAN FORMS OF TALK -- TALK-BASED WRITING IN AMERICA'S "AGE OF CONVERSATION -- AMERICA'S BOSWELL: DOCTOR OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES -- DOCTOR HOLMES' BOSTON: THE TALK CONTEXT OF THE "AMERICAN RENAISSANCE -- PART TWO Holmes in the conversation of his culture -- CHAPTER 2 "TO CHANGE THE ORDER OF CONVERSATION -- THE MID-CENTURY DEBATE ABOUT DIALOGUE -- DISTINGUISHING ENGLISH AND AMERICAN TALK FORMS: HOLMES' TRANSFORMATION OF EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY MODELS OF CONVERSATION -- THE AMERICAN STERNE -- CONVERSATION AND CULTURAL AUTHORITY -- AN "ART OF THE CONTACT ZONE": TALK IN THE AMERICAN BOARDINGHOUSE OR HOTEL -- AN ANTHOLOGY OF MID-CENTURY TALK STYLES -- MONOLOGICAL AUTOCRACY AND REVOLUTIONARY INTERRUPTION: HOLMES' "LIVELY DEMOCRACY OF A DINNER-TABLE -- TO CHANGE THE ORDER OF CONVERSATION": TURNS OF TALK AND THE REFUSAL OF CLOSURE -- CHAPTER 3 "COLLISIONS OF DISCOURSE" I: THE ELECTRODYNAMICS OF CONVERSATION -- THIS CARNIVAL-SHOWER OF QUESTIONS AND REPLIES AND COMMENTS -- THE BIPOLAR DYNAMICS OF ELECTRIC TALK -- CONVERSING WITH ONESELF -- CHAPTER 4 "COLLISIONS OF DISCOURSE" II: ELECTRIC AND OCEANIC "CURRENTS" IN CONVERSATION -- THE MISSION OF CONVERSATION -- CONTRA-DICTION: AGREEING TO DISAGREE -- CHAPTER 5 A CONVERSATIONAL APPROACH TO TRUTH -- THE USES OF PREJUDICE IN A REALM OF DOUBT -- BANISHING THE "FACTS" OF LAW, SCIENCE, AND THEOLOGY.
TRUTH'S ETERNAL FLOW": TAKING THE PARALLAX OF THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS -- THE "BRAHMIN" AND THE "HUB": TWO CASE STUDIES IN THE READING OF HOLMES' CONVERSATIONAL TRUTHS -- DEFENDING THE REALM OF THE INTELLECTUAL -- CHAPTER 6 CONVERSATION AND "THERAPEUTIC NIHILISM" -- THE FORM OF CHANGE: THE SAGE IN AN "AGE OF UNCERTAINTY -- HOLMES AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTIONS IN MEDICINE: THERAPEUTIC NIHILISM -- THE DOCTOR IN CONVERSATION WITH THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT -- HOLMES' VERBAL AND CONVERSATIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO MEDICAL CHANGE -- A CONVERSATIONAL APPROACH TO CARING AND CURING -- CHAPTER 7 THE SELF IN CONVERSATION -- BREAKING OUT OF THE ASYLUM -- IN DIALOGUE WITH THE "SOMATIC STYLE -- THE COMMITTEE OF THE SELF -- HOLMES AND THE CRISIS OF THE SOMATIC STYLE -- LAYERS OF THOUGHT -- THE "TALKING CURE": OPENING AN INTERCOURSE WITH THE WORLD -- PART THREE The two poles of conversation -- CHAPTER 8 THE BIPOLAR DYNAMICS OF HOLMES' HOUSEHOLD DIALOGUES -- LEVITY AND GRAVITY IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY THOUGHT: A STERNE TRADITION IN AMERICA -- LEVITY-GRAVITY "COUPLINGS" IN HOLMES' TABLE-TALK -- CHAPTER 9 HOLMES' HOUSE DIVIDED -- LEVITY-GRAVITY DIALOGUE IN YOUNG HOLMES' DIVIDED HOUSEHOLD -- A VITAL LEVITY IN CREATIVE READING -- LEVITY-GRAVITY DIALOGUE IN THE PROCESS OF BREATHING: BODILY MODELS FOR CHANGE -- REVOLUTION IN RESPIRATION -- THE HEART REFUSES TO BE IMPRISONED": HOLMES, EMERSON, AND HEGEL ON BILDUNG IN THE BLOODSTREAM -- BUILD THEE MORE STATELY MANSIONS": HOUSE-KEEPING AND HOUSE-BREAKING IN DIALOGUE AT HOLMES´ TABLE -- CHAPTER 10 "CUTTING OFF THE COMMUNICATION": FIXATIONS AND FALLS FOR THE WALLED-IN SELF -- MELVILLE'S "CHIMNEY" CONFRONTS HOLMES' HOUSE-BREAKING CONVERSATION -- GRAVITY AND THE ELIMINATION OF CONVERSATION: ARCHITECTURAL INTROVERSION IN DICKENS -- CHAPTER II BREAKING THE HOUSE OF ROMANCE -- MEDICAL ROMANCE -- WORDS VERSUS WALLS.
A FINAL "TALKING EXAM -- PART FOUR Closing the conversation -- CHAPTER 12 CONCLUSIONS -- CONVERSATION AND THE PROBLEM OF AUTHORITY -- CONVERSATION AND THE CARNIVALIZATION OF JUDGMENT -- DRAWING ROOM TO BATTLEFIELD: FROM THE "FREE PLAY OF IDEAS" TO "FREE TRADE IN IDEAS -- THE SENSE OF AN ENDING -- Notes -- I THE CONVERSATION OF A CULTURE: STRANGE POWERS OF SPEECH -- 2 "TO CHANGE THE ORDER OF CONVERSATION": INTERRUPTION AND VOCAL DIVERSITY IN HOLMES' AMERICAN TALK -- 3 "COLLISIONS OF DISCOURSE" I: THE ELECTRODYNAMICS OF CONVERSATION - A CARNIVAL OF VERBAL FIREWORKS -- 4 "COLLISIONS OF DISCOURES" II: ELECTRIC AND OCEANIC "CURRENTS" IN CONVERSATION - THE CULTURAL WORK OF HOLMESIAN TALK -- 5 A CONVERSATIONAL APPROACH TO TRUTH: THE DOCTOR IN DIALOGUE WITH CONTEMPORARY TRUTH - SAYERS -- 6 CONVERSATION AND "THERAPEUTIC NIHILISM": THE DOCTOR IN DIALOGUE WITH CONTEMPORARY MEDICINE -- 7 THE SELF IN CONVERSATION: THE DOCTOR IN DIALOGUE WITH CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY -- 8 THE BIPOLAR DYNAMICS OF HOLMES' HOUSEHOLD DIALOGUES: LEVITY AND GRAVITY -- 9 HOLMES' HOUSE DIVIDED: HOUSE-KEEPING AND HOUSE-BREAKING -- 10 "CUTTING OFF THE COMMUNICATION": FIXATIONS AND FALLS FOR THE WALLED-IN SELF - HOLMES IN DIALOGUE WITH STERNE, DICKENS,… -- 11 BREAKING THE HOUSE OF ROMANCE: HOLMES IN DIALOGUE WITH HAWTHORNE -- 12 CONCLUSIONS: HOLMES SENIOR IN DIALOGUE WITH HOLMES JUNIOR -- Index.
Summary: Gibian explores the role played by Oliver Wendell Holmes in the Victorian culture of conversation in America.
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Cover -- Half-title -- Series-title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- AN INTRODUCTION TO DOCTOR HOLMES -- HOLMESIAN TALK AND AMERICA'S CULTURE OF CONVERSATION -- OUTLINE: THE POLES OF CONVERSATION -- LEARNING TO READ AMERICAN TALK: HOLMES IN DIALOGUE WITH THE AMERICAN RENAISSANCE -- PART ONE Opening the conversation -- CHAPTER 1 THE CONVERSATION OF A CULTURE -- THE "CULTURE OF SHEER VERBOSITY": ORATORY AND CONVERSATION -- THE "ANIMATING SPIRIT OF THE AGE": AMERICAN FORMS OF TALK -- TALK-BASED WRITING IN AMERICA'S "AGE OF CONVERSATION -- AMERICA'S BOSWELL: DOCTOR OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES -- DOCTOR HOLMES' BOSTON: THE TALK CONTEXT OF THE "AMERICAN RENAISSANCE -- PART TWO Holmes in the conversation of his culture -- CHAPTER 2 "TO CHANGE THE ORDER OF CONVERSATION -- THE MID-CENTURY DEBATE ABOUT DIALOGUE -- DISTINGUISHING ENGLISH AND AMERICAN TALK FORMS: HOLMES' TRANSFORMATION OF EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY MODELS OF CONVERSATION -- THE AMERICAN STERNE -- CONVERSATION AND CULTURAL AUTHORITY -- AN "ART OF THE CONTACT ZONE": TALK IN THE AMERICAN BOARDINGHOUSE OR HOTEL -- AN ANTHOLOGY OF MID-CENTURY TALK STYLES -- MONOLOGICAL AUTOCRACY AND REVOLUTIONARY INTERRUPTION: HOLMES' "LIVELY DEMOCRACY OF A DINNER-TABLE -- TO CHANGE THE ORDER OF CONVERSATION": TURNS OF TALK AND THE REFUSAL OF CLOSURE -- CHAPTER 3 "COLLISIONS OF DISCOURSE" I: THE ELECTRODYNAMICS OF CONVERSATION -- THIS CARNIVAL-SHOWER OF QUESTIONS AND REPLIES AND COMMENTS -- THE BIPOLAR DYNAMICS OF ELECTRIC TALK -- CONVERSING WITH ONESELF -- CHAPTER 4 "COLLISIONS OF DISCOURSE" II: ELECTRIC AND OCEANIC "CURRENTS" IN CONVERSATION -- THE MISSION OF CONVERSATION -- CONTRA-DICTION: AGREEING TO DISAGREE -- CHAPTER 5 A CONVERSATIONAL APPROACH TO TRUTH -- THE USES OF PREJUDICE IN A REALM OF DOUBT -- BANISHING THE "FACTS" OF LAW, SCIENCE, AND THEOLOGY.

TRUTH'S ETERNAL FLOW": TAKING THE PARALLAX OF THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS -- THE "BRAHMIN" AND THE "HUB": TWO CASE STUDIES IN THE READING OF HOLMES' CONVERSATIONAL TRUTHS -- DEFENDING THE REALM OF THE INTELLECTUAL -- CHAPTER 6 CONVERSATION AND "THERAPEUTIC NIHILISM" -- THE FORM OF CHANGE: THE SAGE IN AN "AGE OF UNCERTAINTY -- HOLMES AND THE FRENCH REVOLUTIONS IN MEDICINE: THERAPEUTIC NIHILISM -- THE DOCTOR IN CONVERSATION WITH THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ESTABLISHMENT -- HOLMES' VERBAL AND CONVERSATIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO MEDICAL CHANGE -- A CONVERSATIONAL APPROACH TO CARING AND CURING -- CHAPTER 7 THE SELF IN CONVERSATION -- BREAKING OUT OF THE ASYLUM -- IN DIALOGUE WITH THE "SOMATIC STYLE -- THE COMMITTEE OF THE SELF -- HOLMES AND THE CRISIS OF THE SOMATIC STYLE -- LAYERS OF THOUGHT -- THE "TALKING CURE": OPENING AN INTERCOURSE WITH THE WORLD -- PART THREE The two poles of conversation -- CHAPTER 8 THE BIPOLAR DYNAMICS OF HOLMES' HOUSEHOLD DIALOGUES -- LEVITY AND GRAVITY IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY THOUGHT: A STERNE TRADITION IN AMERICA -- LEVITY-GRAVITY "COUPLINGS" IN HOLMES' TABLE-TALK -- CHAPTER 9 HOLMES' HOUSE DIVIDED -- LEVITY-GRAVITY DIALOGUE IN YOUNG HOLMES' DIVIDED HOUSEHOLD -- A VITAL LEVITY IN CREATIVE READING -- LEVITY-GRAVITY DIALOGUE IN THE PROCESS OF BREATHING: BODILY MODELS FOR CHANGE -- REVOLUTION IN RESPIRATION -- THE HEART REFUSES TO BE IMPRISONED": HOLMES, EMERSON, AND HEGEL ON BILDUNG IN THE BLOODSTREAM -- BUILD THEE MORE STATELY MANSIONS": HOUSE-KEEPING AND HOUSE-BREAKING IN DIALOGUE AT HOLMES´ TABLE -- CHAPTER 10 "CUTTING OFF THE COMMUNICATION": FIXATIONS AND FALLS FOR THE WALLED-IN SELF -- MELVILLE'S "CHIMNEY" CONFRONTS HOLMES' HOUSE-BREAKING CONVERSATION -- GRAVITY AND THE ELIMINATION OF CONVERSATION: ARCHITECTURAL INTROVERSION IN DICKENS -- CHAPTER II BREAKING THE HOUSE OF ROMANCE -- MEDICAL ROMANCE -- WORDS VERSUS WALLS.

A FINAL "TALKING EXAM -- PART FOUR Closing the conversation -- CHAPTER 12 CONCLUSIONS -- CONVERSATION AND THE PROBLEM OF AUTHORITY -- CONVERSATION AND THE CARNIVALIZATION OF JUDGMENT -- DRAWING ROOM TO BATTLEFIELD: FROM THE "FREE PLAY OF IDEAS" TO "FREE TRADE IN IDEAS -- THE SENSE OF AN ENDING -- Notes -- I THE CONVERSATION OF A CULTURE: STRANGE POWERS OF SPEECH -- 2 "TO CHANGE THE ORDER OF CONVERSATION": INTERRUPTION AND VOCAL DIVERSITY IN HOLMES' AMERICAN TALK -- 3 "COLLISIONS OF DISCOURSE" I: THE ELECTRODYNAMICS OF CONVERSATION - A CARNIVAL OF VERBAL FIREWORKS -- 4 "COLLISIONS OF DISCOURES" II: ELECTRIC AND OCEANIC "CURRENTS" IN CONVERSATION - THE CULTURAL WORK OF HOLMESIAN TALK -- 5 A CONVERSATIONAL APPROACH TO TRUTH: THE DOCTOR IN DIALOGUE WITH CONTEMPORARY TRUTH - SAYERS -- 6 CONVERSATION AND "THERAPEUTIC NIHILISM": THE DOCTOR IN DIALOGUE WITH CONTEMPORARY MEDICINE -- 7 THE SELF IN CONVERSATION: THE DOCTOR IN DIALOGUE WITH CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY -- 8 THE BIPOLAR DYNAMICS OF HOLMES' HOUSEHOLD DIALOGUES: LEVITY AND GRAVITY -- 9 HOLMES' HOUSE DIVIDED: HOUSE-KEEPING AND HOUSE-BREAKING -- 10 "CUTTING OFF THE COMMUNICATION": FIXATIONS AND FALLS FOR THE WALLED-IN SELF - HOLMES IN DIALOGUE WITH STERNE, DICKENS,… -- 11 BREAKING THE HOUSE OF ROMANCE: HOLMES IN DIALOGUE WITH HAWTHORNE -- 12 CONCLUSIONS: HOLMES SENIOR IN DIALOGUE WITH HOLMES JUNIOR -- Index.

Gibian explores the role played by Oliver Wendell Holmes in the Victorian culture of conversation in America.

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