LIN 4930 Honors
Language and Violence
Spring 2006
T 7 / R 7-8 AND 19
Dr. M. J. Hardman


Site problems/questions contact Emily at oink1414@ufl.edu

Domestic Violence
Street Violence
Government Violence


Textbooks: available at OBT:

War, Language, and Gender
Special Issue of Women and Language
Volume 27:2, Fall 2004
edited by M.J. HARDMAN and ANITA TAYLOR

Elgin, Suzette Haden Staying Well with the Gentle Art of Verbal
Self-Defense Prentice Hall 1990

Elgin, Suzette Haden How to disagree without being disagreeable Getting
Your point across w/ the gentle art of verbal self-defense MJF Books 1997

Norberg-Hodge, Helena Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh 1991 Sierra
Club Books

Collateral Language by John Martin Collins (Editor), Ross Glover
(Editor), John Collins (Editor)
New York University Press (November, 2002)

Le Guin Ursula, Always Coming Home; novel comes in hardback, boxed with
CD and as a paperback; recently reissued as California Edition (University
Of California Press (February 5, 2001)).

Tickner, J. Ann Gender in International Relations; Feminist perspectives
On achieving global security Univ. of Colombia Press 1992

MediaAssignments

DT Packet



Papers:
Two 7-8 page papers. The total fifteen pages should cover, in roughly equal parts:
-a collection of violent language.
Proposals
-an analysis of that data.
-a construction of non-violent alternatives for the violent language.

Possible paper topics:
Metaphors in any given venue.
VAPS in any given venue.
language & children’s books
language & right-wing political slogans (hijacking of language)
language & women’s rights
language & food industry / trade
language & war
language & sitcoms / anything on TV / other media
language & your specialty
language & schools / teaching children
intonation patterns
language & violence in academia as seen, for example, in native/minority critiques

Observations: weekly data gathering; ordinarily the data are written up on a single sheet of paper preferably typed,
and handed in.

Non-violent language construction: weekly exercises in thinking in nonviolent ways; ordinarily the data are written up
on a single sheet of paper preferably typed, and handed in.

Media: listening/watching of audio/video tapes for class discussion as assigned

Abstracts and/or class presentations: articles around given topics, to be presented by groups as assigned
For each chapter in the Elgin books one log/workout will be handed in. In addition, keep a notebook in which you also do
the other logs/workouts except those requiring library research, or as assigned. The logbook is to be handed in at the end
of the book. The notebook is an essential part of your classwork.

The exam is an essay exam, four questions, chosen from a dozen or so passed out two weeks before the exam.

Exam: Thursday May 4, 3:00 -5:00 pm



TUESDAYS
Always Coming Home
Observation
Non-violent language construction
Collateral Language

THURSDAYS
Hardman & Taylor
Ancient Futures / Tickner
Elgin
Media
Class Presentations
Hand in Papers

January
+ Week One

Monday, Jan 9, 2006 Classes Start

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006
Introduction

Thursday, Jan 12, 2006
Hardman and Taylor
M.J. Hardman & Anita Taylor
Introduction 1
War, Language and Gender, What New
Can be Said? Framing the Issues 3

+ Week Two
Monday, Jan 16, 2006 MLK day — no classes

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2006
LeGuin: Stone Telling, Part One 7-42
Stone Telling, Part Two 173-201

Collateral Language pp 3-13

Observation: Collect violent metaphors from as
many fields as you can find. Specify the fields.
Non-violent language construction: Rewrite
any three recasting with a nonviolent metaphor.

Grads: Write a description of Denial of Agency for those who have never heard of it.

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 Hardman and Taylor
Geography Lessons 20
Patricia Monaghan
Rhetoric, Patriarchy & War: Explaining the Dangers
of “Leadership” in Mass Culture 21
Mary E. Clark

Ancient Futures Part One chap 1-2

Elgin Staying Well… 1:2 2:4

Media: Stanford tape on derivational thinking video

+ Week Three
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2006


Le Guin: Stone Telling, Part Three 340-386 = 46 pages

Collateral Language Chapter 1

Observation: Choose one field and collect all of the violence metaphors
you can find in that field; organize them as seems appropriate
Non-violent language construction: Rewrite three, recasting with
a nonviolent metaphor.
Grads: Write a description of Pollution of Agency for those who
have never heard of it.
Handout: Denial of Agency

Thursday, Jan 26, 2006 Hardman and Taylor
‘Pack Your Heat and Work the Streets’ – Weapons and the Active Construction
of Violent Masculinities 29
Henri Myrttinen

Ancient Futures Part One chap 3-4- 5

Elgin Staying Well… chap 3:5 4:3˜6˜7

Media: In whose honor? Video

+ Week Four
Tuesday, January 31, 2006

LeGuin: to page 53

Collateral Language Chapter 2

Observation: Denial of Agency
Non-violent language construction: Rewrite your observation
without the denial, but still interesting.

Grads: Write a description of False Categorization (or whatever my
name for it is by this time) for those who have never heard of it.

Handout: Pollution of Agency

+ February
Thursday, February 2, 2006

Hardman and Taylor
Deformities of the Great War: The Narratives of Mary Borden
and Helen Zenna Smith 35
Laurie Kaplan
History Lessons 44
Elisabeth Kuhn

Ancient Futures Part One chap 6- 7

Elgin Staying Well… 1:2 2:4 also do the Practice techniques in your notebook

Media: Jones, The New Racism

+ Week Five
Tuesday, February 7, 2006

LeGuin: to page 111

Collateral Language Chapter 3

Observation: Pollution of Agency
Non-violent language construction: Rewrite your
observation without the pollution, but still interesting.

Grads: Write a description of Isolation for
those who have never heard of it.

Handout: False Categorization

Thursday, February 9, 2006 Hardman and Taylor
A Legacy of Pacifism: Virginia Woolf and Pat Barker 45
Laurie Vickroy

Ancient Futures Part Two chap 8-9

Elgin Staying Well… chap 7:10

Elgin Disagreeable, Part One Chap 2
Hand in: What did you learn as a child about hostile language?

Media: Spirit -- the Indian in the Global Mind audio

+ Week Six
Tuesday, February 14, 2006

LeGuin: to page 148
Collateral Language Chapter 4

Observation: False Categorization
Non-violent language construction: Rewrite
your observation without the false categorizing, but still interesting.

Grads: Write a description of Anomolousness
for those who have never heard of it.

Handout: Isolation

Thursday, February 16, 2006 Hardman and Taylor
Boundaries, Borders, and Female Identity in German
Women Writers of World War I 51
Patricia Marchesi
Original Guilt 58
Elisabeth Kuhn

Ancient Futures Part Two chap 10-11

Elgin Staying Well… chap 8:1(2, 6)

Elgin Disagreeable, Part Two Chap 3 From p 53 -- ask/answer
these questions of three incidents of verbal abuse from your life
(current, or in memory)

Media: Sylvia Winter, Prof of Spanish, Stanford - Rethinking Columbus.
On ‘Connor calling’ - a local talk show. Note both the ideas of the speaker
and the ways in which the host and the call-ins react to her. Keep in mind
all the various kinds of verbal abuse as well. Note especially intonation
patterns that accompany otherwise OK words, as well as rather odd phrases.
What are they doing within DT?

+ Week Seven First Paper

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

LeGuin: to page 201

Collateral Language

Observation: Isolation
Non-violent language construction: Rewrite your observation without
the isolation, but still interesting.

Handout: Anomolousness

Thursday, February 23, 2006
Hardman and Taylor
The Limits of Inclusivity: Student Constructions of Germanness in the Wake of
the Wars of Liberation 59
Karin Breuer
For the Record 64
Charlotte Otten

Ancient Futures Part Two chap 12-13

Elgin Staying Well… chap 9:2

Elgin Disagreeable, Part Two Chap 4 - Do the exercise on p. 70 using C-Span;
then try it once with a living person; report on your experience.

+ Week Eight
Tuesday, February 28, 2006

LeGuin: to page 250

Collateral Language

Observation: Anomolousness
Non-violent language construction: Rewrite your observation
without the anomolousness, but still interesting.

+ March
Thursday, March 2, 2006

Hardman and Taylor
Feminine Style and the Rehumanization of the Enemy: Peacemaking Discourse in
Ladies Home Journal, 1945-1946 65
James J. Kimble

Ancient Futures Part Two chap 14

Elgin Disagreeable, Part Two Chap 5

Elgin Staying Well Chapter 10:3&4

Media: Manufacturing Consent: Chomsky and the Media

+ Week Nine
Tuesday, March 7, 2006
LeGuin: to page 304

Collateral Language Chapter 9 Justice & Chapter 10 Targets

Observation: Collect ranking comparisons that you make from as many fields as possible during the week -- organize by domains. Do not include numerical rankings.
Non-violent language construction: Write a non-hierarchical way of expressing three of them

Thursday, March 9, 2006
Hardman and Taylor Identity Crisis: Gender, Public Discourse, and 9/11 71 Julie Drew
Patriot Game 78 Patricia Monaghan

Ancient Futures Part Three chap 15-16

Tickner chap 1

Elgin Staying Well… chap 11:4

Elgin Disagreeable, Part Three Chap 6 p. 103 Apply the two steps to some situation in your own life.

Media: none

+ Week Ten First Paper
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
LeGuin: to page 376

Collateral Language Chapter 11 Terrorism

Observation: Collect the ranking comparisons that you make during the week directly related to people.
Non-violent language construction: Write a non-hierarchical way of expressing yourself for three of these

Thursday, March 23, 2006
Hardman and Taylor Friendly Fire 78 Patricia Monaghan
Explosive Baggage: Female Palestinian Suicide Bombers and the Rhetoric of Emotion 79 Terri Toles Patkin

Ancient Futures Part Three chap 17-18

Tickner chap 2

Elgin Staying Well… chap 12

Elgin Disagreeable, Part Three Chap 7 & 8 Chap 7 - p. 123 - apply the three steps to some situation in your life. Chap 8 - VAPs again -- use SHE’s techniques to construct an alternate to some VAP you have heard or produced.
Media: None

Week Eleven
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
LeGuin: to page 408

Collateral Language Chapter 12 Unity & Chapter 13 Vital Interests

Observation: based on Collateral Language
Non-violent language construction: TBA

Thursday, March 30, 2006
Hardman and Taylor Rescuing Patriarchy or Saving “Jessica Lynch”: The Rhetorical Construction of the American Woman Soldier 89

Ancient Futures Epilogue

Tickner chap 3

Elgin Disagreeable Part Three Chap 9 & 10
chap 9 - p. 155 - construct a 3-part message for some complaint in your life.
chap 10 - OK - you write a little SF sketch of aliens arriving on Earth.

Media: Caral (in language lab on 3/21)

+ April
+ Week Twelve
Tuesday, April 4, 2006
LeGuin: to page 449

Collateral Language Chapter 14 The War On _______

Observation: Watch a sitcom for the VAPS. Write down 3 of them; count all of them. Identify which type for each of the five.
Non-violent language construction: Analyze the 3 that you wrote down; specify the presuppositions; answer them so as to obviate a continuation of the abuse. If you can, invent an equivalent funny sequence that is not a VAP.

Thursday, April 6, 2006
Hardman and Taylor John W. Howard III and Laura C. Prividera Subverting the Rhetorical Construction of Enemies Through Worldwide Enfoldment 98 Kimberly C. Elliott

Tickner chap 4

Media: Helena Norberg-Hodge “Relook at Development”

Fifth Presentation

+ Week Thirteen
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
LeGuin: to page 499

Collateral Language Appendix and Review

Observation: based on Collateral Language
Non-violent language construction: TBA.

Bring (at least) one question for the final exam. Essay format to be answered in a half hour.

Thursday, April 13, 2006
Hardman and Taylor M.J. Hardman & Anita Taylor Introduction 1 War, Language and Gender, What New Can be Said? Framing the Issues 3

Tickner chap 5

Sixth Presentation

+ Week Fourteen Second Paper
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
LeGuin: 500 to END

Observation: Observe and report on:
1) your own use of power words -- words that would impose your will on another, without a specific request from the other person.
2) others use of power words toward yourself
3) power words in general in the culture, e.g., in political language

Non-violent language construction: Choose three of the incidents and rewrite what happened as though everyone involved believed that it was immoral/unethical to impose one’s will on another.

Thursday, April 20, 2006
Read “Houston Houston do you Read” by James Tiptree Jr.; observe the contrastive language of the women and the men; identify the types of violence used by the men. In what ways is the women’s language constructed nonviolently?

The editorial from W&L on Feminism as an Imperialistic construct

The article on 'gentiles' as a new literary form in the Andes

+ Week Fifteen
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
TBA


Wednesday, April 26, 2006 Classes End

+ Exam
L&V Wednesday May 3, 7:30 - 9:30 AM