In this careful and intelligent work, Gustafson returns oratory to its important political and cultural role in early America ."American Studies"
In this careful and intelligent work, Gustafson returns oratory to its important political and cultural role in early America .--American Studies
|Gustafson's dramatic work convincingly and brilliantly shows how black, white, and Native American figures used the spoken word to challenge social hierarchies built on textual discipline. This is a major book on the dialogue of the semiotics of speech and that of text or print culture. It will be used constantly by scholars in multiple disciplines.--Jay Fliegelman, Stanford University|Gustafson not only provides a new context for thinking about the verbal performances of prominent patriarchs like Cotton, Edwards, and Adams, but beautifully realizes the subversive potential of oral performance for outsiders like Sarah Edwards and Samson Occom.--Janice Knight, University of Chicago|Gustafson's contribution is lively, imaginative, and informed. . . . The novelty of her work lies in her inclusive vision, for she visits not only those whom we might expect . . . but also long silenced voices. . . . Rich and provocative.--Journal of American History
|[Gustafson] provides an intensive examination of the Colonial speech. . . . [and] brings readers to the brink of other scholarly inquiry not yet begun.--Choice
|Sandra Gustafson's Eloquence Is Power
is a remarkable achievement. Her learned, closely observed analyses of oratorical performances . . . invite scholars to reassess the emphasis we have placed on written texts in early American civic culture.--Richard D. Brown, University of Connecticut|[This book] makes an innovative contribution to the history of the book in early America.--William and Mary Quarterly
|An innovative contribution to the history of the book in early America. . . . [An] original and provocative conception of early American literature.--William and Mary Quarterly