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978-1-4985-1355-5 • Hardback • November 2016 • $88.00 • (£68.00)
978-1-4985-4892-2 • Paperback • May 2018 • $44.99 • (£35.00)
978-1-4985-1356-2 • eBook • November 2016 • $42.50 • (£33.00)
Michael D. Donnelly is associate professor of English at Ball State University.
Introduction: The Function of Rhetoric at the Present Time
Chapter 1: Freedom of Speech in the United States
Chapter 2: Publicness and Models of the Public Sphere
Chapter 3: Parrhesia and/in the Democratic State
Chapter 4: Freedom of Speech in the Twentieth Century
Chapter 5: Free Speech and Hate Speech in the Age of the Internet
Michael Donnelly’s important study takes a critical look at the issue of “free speech” and the uses to which free speech arguments are put in U.S. political discourse. Exposing what he terms “a collection of false narratives” at the root of liberal theories of free speech, Donnelly’s findings run against the grain of conventional approaches to the subject, some of which are either implicitly or overtly at work in composition classes across the country. With refreshing clarity, Donnelly argues that free speech was not fundamental to the founding of democracy in the U.S. and that the support of the unfettered expression of opinion in a “marketplace of ideas” is harmful rather than helpful to deliberative democracy.
— Susan C. Jarratt, University of California, Irvine