Medieval Rhetoric: A Casebook / Edition 1

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"Medieval Rhetoric: A Casebook explores the use of rhetoric in the Middle Ages, and maps the ground for new ways of drawing upon rhetorical theory today when reading medieval texts. The ten original essays gathered here examine how rhetoric was employed in a wide variety of texts ranging from rhetorical manuals and prayers to Troilus and Criseyde and the works of Chaucer." The essays suggest theories of medieval textual interpretation grounded in rhetoric, and also seek to posit what a medieval rhetoric composed like classical Greek and Roman rhetorics would have provided in terms of an interpretive framework. Offering exemplary models of rigorous theoretical, literary, and historical scholarship, this volume outlines a new, enriched understanding of medieval rhetorical theory and practice.
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"...a good source for interpretation on late medieval rhetoric...useful for those interested in the subtleties of interpretation." — R. Natasha Amendola, Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association, Vol. 3, 1007
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415971638
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/13/2004
  • Series: Garland Medieval Casebooks Series, #36
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott D. Troyan is Teaching Professor of Professional Communication in the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin. He is editor of Textual Decorum: A Rhetoric of Attitudes in Medieval Literature, also published by Routledge.

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Table of Contents

1 The medieval art of poetry and prose : the scope of instruction and the uses of models 1
2 Alphabets and rosary beads in Chaucer's An ABC 25
3 On the usefulness and use value of books : a medieval and modern inquiry 41
4 The prioress's Oratio ad Mariam and medieval prayer composition 63
5 Time as rhetorical topos in Chaucer's poetry 91
6 Argument and emotion in Troilus and Criseyde 109
7 Advice without consent in Troilus and Criseyde and The Canterbury tales 127
8 The traces of invention : phatic rhetoric, anthology, and intertextuality in Sir Gawain and the green knight 147
9 "The word was made flesh" : gendered bodies and anti-bodies in twelfth- and thirteenth-century arts of poetry 161
10 Unwritten between the lines : the unspoken history of rhetoric 217
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