The Language of Protest:
Acts of Performance, Identity, and Legitimacy
Dr. Hill shines a comparative spotlight on different forms and expressions of protest speech acts. She generates two new concepts as part of its innovations in Speech Act Theory: ‘pragmatic legitimacy’ and ‘convocativity.’ She also reveals avenues for future research, including protest language as a meta-linguistic phenomenon and the meta-narrative of grassroots activism.
by Mary Lynne Gasaway Hill
317 pp., Palgrave Macmillan (2018)
"Rooted in the performative of Speech Act Theory, this interdisciplinary study crafts a new model to compare the work we do with words when we protest: across genres, from different geographies and languages. Rich with illustrative examples from Turkey, U.S., West Germany, Romania, Guatemala, Great Britain, and Northern Ireland, it examines the language of protest (chants, songs, poetry and prose) with an innovative use of analytical tools that will advance current theory.
Operating at the intersection of linguistic pragmatics and critical discourse analysis this book provides fresh insights on interdisciplinary topics including power, identity, legitimacy and the Social Contract. In doing so, it appeals to students and scholars of sociolinguistics, pragmatics and critical discourse analysis, in addition to researchers working in sociology, political science, discourse, cultural and communication studies."
- Palgrave Mcmillan
The Uncompromising Diary of
Sallie McNeill, 1858-1867
Dr. Hill worked with Ginny McNeill Raska, one of Sallie's descendants, to transcribe, edit, and provide historical and anthropological context to the original 19th century diary. As part of her studies in Anthropology, Dr. Hill attended the University of Houston archaeological field school at the Levi Jordan Plantation State Historic Site.
edited by Mary Lynne Gasaway Hill and Ginny McNeill Raska
216 pp., Texas A&M University Press , (2009, paperback 2017)
"In this annotated diary, Sallie McNeill chronicles thoughts, observations, and details of her daily life during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras.
This remarkably well-preserved document tells McNeill's story from her days as a student in the female department of Baylor College at Independence until her death in 1867.
McNeill's story—common to the era and place and still intensely personal—lets readers glimpse the numbing expectations of a young woman's proper behavior, moral referencing of those living under the influence of the second Great Awakening, intellectual questions posed by the education of the day, and the lifestyle of the planter class at the margins of its geographical reach."
- Texas A&M University Press
Stories from the Wake
Dr. Hill examines the rise of the Small Christian Community movement, both during the time of Father Chaminade and the original Sodality and in terms of today’s postmodernism.
by Mary Lynne Gasaway Hill
89 pp., Monograph #52, (2005)
"In the wake of these two revolutions, the French Revolution (1789-99) and our contemporary 'technological revolution,' Catholics have gathered in small groups to try and figure things out. Whereas we tend to view the two revolutions as series of linear events, taking place chronologically, we view the responses, of gathering in small communities in the circular sense.”
Mary Lynne Gasaway Hill, a lay Marianist and professor of English at St. Mary’s University, in Stories from the Wake: The Revolutionary Responses of the Sodality of Bordeaux and Small Christian Communities, examines the development of Small Christian Communities (SCCs) related to these two revolutionary moments.
She describes shifts in the “grand narrative” of the day—defined as the foundational sources of meaning that organize and direct people and behavior in a meaningful way—caused by these events. In light of such dramatic changes, where society has become unglued, how does one create a new cohesive bond that draws people into the Christian story?
Hill examines the rise of the Small Christian Community movement, both during the time of Father Chaminade and the original Sodality and in terms of today’s postmodernism, for possible answers."
- The North American Center for Marianist Studies