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Political English: Language and the Decay of Politics

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From post-truth politics to "no-platforming" on university campuses, the English language has been both a potent weapon and a crucial battlefield for our divided politics. In this important and wide-ranging intervention, Thomas Docherty explores the politics of the English language, its implication in the dynamics of political power and the spaces it offers for dissent and resistance. From the authorised English of the King James Bible to the colonial project of University English Studies, this book develops a powerful history for contemporary debates about propaganda, free speech and truth-telling in our politics. Taking examples from the US, UK and beyond - from debates about the Second Amendment and free-speech on campus, to the Iraq War and the Grenfell Tower fire - this book is a powerful and polemical return to Orwell's observation that a degraded political language is intimately connected to an equally degraded political culture.
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ISBN-13: 9781350101388
ISBN-10: 1350101389
Pagini: 248
Dimensiuni: 138 x 216 x 14 mm
Greutate: 0.32 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Draws on examples from US, UK and international politics, including debates around the Second Amendment, no-platforming and free speech on campus, the Iraq War and the Grenfell Tower fire

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Thomas Docherty is Professor of English at the University of Warwick, UK. He has published on most areas of English and comparative literature from the Renaissance to the present day. He specializes in the philosophy of literary criticism, in critical theory, and in cultural history in relation primarily to European philosophy and literatures. His previous publications include After Theory (1996), The English Question (2008) and Literature and Capital (Bloomsbury, 2018).


IntroductionChapter 1 On Pluck: English and MoneyChapter 2 English Nativism and Linguistic XenophobiaChapter 3 Fundamentalist English; or The Stiff Upper LipChapter 4 On Truth and Lying in a Political SenseChapter 5 Words, Deeds, and DemocracyChapter 6 Profanity and Free SpeechChapter 7 Remnants of Dissent Index


This brilliant text demands immediate attention. Gathering research from a wide spectrum of disciplines in order to gain understanding of the normalizing of "atrocious" language (p. 1), Docherty (English, Univ. of Warwick, UK) argues that such language has the power to shape democratic discourse, culture, and politics and widen divisions between those who find truth in facts and reality and those who measure truth by agreement as prescribed by ideology and community. Summing Up: Essential.
With deep research, knowledge of modern Britain, a citizen's passion, and a boxer's punch, Docherty provides an eloquent defence of a civil, informed public sphere over habit, hate, and clannism. Everyone who can read should read his chapters on free speech, academic freedom, and no-platforming.