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ERIC Number: ED360660
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
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Honor and Defiance: Richard M. Weaver and the Rhetoric of Southern Culture.
Smith, Ted J., III
This paper examines some of the relationships among honor, race and Southern culture from the perspective of the late Richard M. Weaver. His work is noted for its breadth and unity of focus, but its breadth invites fragmentation, a tendency reinforced by Weaver's style of writing self-contained essays. Weaver's foundational analysis, "The Southern Tradition at Bay," a revised version of his doctoral dissertation, was published in 1968, 5 years after his death. The work is a study of the mind and culture of the South as articulated in Southern letters--essays, military memoirs, fiction, diaries and reminiscences--in the postbellum period of 1865-1910. Although sympathetic, Weaver is no mere apologist for the South. The remainder of Weaver's writings extend and refine the position developed in his thesis, as in the case of "The Ethics of Rhetoric and Composition: A Course in Writing and Rhetoric," which gives substance to his ideas on rhetoric and education. Weaver's perspective can be applied to such matters as the "massive resistance" movement (opposing forced integration of the South) and the student honor code at the University of Virginia. Weaver viewed diversity and multiculturalism as important differences among races and cultures that should be preserved rather than eliminated. He also found the endorsement of a code of chivalry and personal honor to be an important and desirable feature of Southern culture. (Contains 19 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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