作 者：G. R. F. Ferrari
出 版 社：OUP Oxford
I S B N：9780198798422
尺 寸：21.8 x 14.5 cm
G. R. F. Ferrari offers a new framework for understanding different ways in which we communicate with each other. He explores the idea of "intimations": social interactions that approach outright communication but do not quite reach it. The metaphor from which he starts is that of a communicative scale or switch, which goes from "off" (no communication intended) to fully "on" (outright communication). Intimations lie in between. Three intermediate positions are identified: quarter on, half on, and three quarters on. Progression along the communicative scale is determined by the extent to which what comes across in the transmission is required to come across by recognition of the intention of the transmitting party. At a quarter on, it is required not to; at half on, it is neither required to nor required not to; at three quarters on, it is required to, but only partially; at full on, it is required to, and the recognition is complete. The half on intimation is primarily used for impression management in social life. To illustrate it, the book concentrates on fashion and the "messages" we send with our clothes. With the quarter on and three quarters on intimation, the focus of argument is on the fact that transmissions at the same position of the communicative scale have the same underlying structure, whether they are made in the formal arts or in daily life outside the arts. For the quarter on intimation, the formal art is lyric poetry; for the three quarters on intimation, it is storytelling. The book discusses storytelling at length, and at the end investigates its connection to situational irony.
G.R.F. ("John") Ferrari has been a professor at the Department of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley, for over twenty five years. His principal interests are in philosophical aesthetics and in ancient Greek philosophy, especially Plato.
2: Dressed to Communicate Or Not
3: Storytelling as Intimation: The Model Presented
4: Storytelling as Intimation: The Model Defended and Refined
5: Situational Irony: The World Made Intimative