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Figuratively Speaking: Rhetoric and Culture from Quintilian to the Twin Towers

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Overview

Although rhetoric is a term often associated with lies, this book takes a polemical look at rhetoric as a purveyor of truth. Its purpose is to focus on one aspect of rhetoric, figurative speech, and to demonstrate how the treatment of figures of speech provides a common denominator among western cultures from Cicero to the present. The central idea is that, in the western tradition, figurative speech - using language to do more than name - provides the fundamental way for language to articulate concerns central to each cultural moment. In this study, Sarah Spence identifies the embedded tropes for four periods in Western culture: Roman antiquity, the High Middle Ages, the Age of Montaigne, and our present, post-9/11 moment. In so doing, she reasserts the fundamental importance of rhetoric, the art of speaking well.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780715635131
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/25/2007
  • Series: Classical Inter/Faces
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Spence is Professor of Classics at the University of Georgia.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     7
Introduction     9
Weapons of Mass Creation: Repetition versus Replication     19
Looking Back: Figures of Speech and Thought in the Roman World     39
Dwelling on a Point: Rhetoric and Love in the Middle Ages     67
The Chiastic Page: The Rhetoric of Montaigne's Essais     97
Conclusion     123
Notes     129
Bibliography     135
Index     141
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