St. Clair, Robert N. Books

Dr. Robert N. St. Clair is Professor of Communication at the University of Louisville where he teaches courses on intercultural communication, globalization, media literacy, and health communication. He also teaches courses on structural hermeneutics, culture theory and cultural metaphors for the doctoral program in the humanities. He received the President’s Award for outstanding scholarship, research and creativity. Internationally, Dr. St. Clair currently serves as the Executive Director of the International Association for Intercultural Studies and shares the editorship of the Journal of Intercultural Communication Studies. He has published two books with The Edwin Mellen Press: The Major Metaphors of European Thought – Growth, Game, Language, Drama, Machine, Time and Space and Literary Structures, Character Development, and Dramaturgical Scenarios in Framing the Category Novel.

Literary Structures, Character Development, and Dramaturgical Scenarios in Framing the Category Novel
2004 0-7734-6487-5
“This book is about the putting together of stories, and Robert St. Clair is eminently qualified to teach us. A distinguished linguist, St. Clair is among those enlightened scholars whose interests range widely within (and even beyond) his area of specialty. He is generous in his interests, and vehemently democratic: he addresses what we all know and some of us will not admit – that the bias in the university against category fiction is in large part a class prejudice – and he goes on past mistrust and blame to address a marginalized subject with the attention (and the kinds of attention) it deserves.” – Michael L. Williams

Major Metaphors of European Thought - Growth, Game, Language, Drama, Machine, Time and Space
2002 0-7734-7232-0
This work documents the six major European metaphors that constitute Western thought, and examines the theoretical foundations of metaphors and what roles they play in epistemology, history of ideas, and sociology of culture. Will interest scholars in the fields of sociolinguistics, sociology of knowledge, post-structuralism, critical rhetoric of inquiry, and social studies of science.

Many Layers of Culture Within Each City: A Theory of Cultural Geography
2009 0-7734-4646-X
This investigation explains how culture functions within several of the contexts of space. In essence, it claims that cultural change involves the retaining of some cultural practices along with their modification, revision, and re-invention of events to accommodate the present. The past is redefined, restructured, revised, modified, and even re-invented in order to make it compatible with the interpretation of events within the cultural spaces of the present. This book contains five black and white photographs and nine color photographs.

Sociology of Knowledge as a Model for Language Theory
2006 0-7734-5826-3
The theoretical foundations of the language sciences have been dominated by the natural sciences. This has been done in spite of the fact that language also functions as legitimate paradigms in the social sciences and the humanities. This volume presents a rationale for a model of language as a social science. It incorporates many concepts from the social sciences into its new theoretical framework. The author begins his quest by looking at the nature of interdisciplinary linguistics and argues for a meta-theoretical model of language. The reason for this is rather clear. The natural science model of language cannot begin to account for the phenomena encountered by the social sciences and the humanities (the human sciences). Each must have its own fully functional paradigm before they can be incorporated into a more global metatheory of language.

The parameters of this new model for language as a social science are investigated within the framework of the sociology of knowledge. One of these parameters includes symbolic interactionism with its concerns for a dramaturgical model of the social self and labeling theory with its focus on the political sociology of language. The other parameter includes the study of phenomenological society with its adjuncts in existential sociology and ethnomethodology.