Rhetoric in the New World: Rhetorical Theory and Practice in Colonial Spanish America / Edition 1

Rhetoric in the New World: Rhetorical Theory and Practice in Colonial Spanish America / Edition 1

by Don Paul Abbott
     
 

In Rhetoric in the New World, Abbott shows that when the literate culture of the Old World confronted the oral culture of the New, rhetoricians faced issues unanticipated by their classical predecessors and for which European experiences offered few insights. Abbott's study begins with an examination of the Spanish rhetorical tradition - a tradition that would affect… See more details below

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In Rhetoric in the New World, Abbott shows that when the literate culture of the Old World confronted the oral culture of the New, rhetoricians faced issues unanticipated by their classical predecessors and for which European experiences offered few insights. Abbott's study begins with an examination of the Spanish rhetorical tradition - a tradition that would affect many aspects of the colonial enterprise, including the campaign to Christianize the New World, the European perceptions of indigenous discourse, and the effort to transplant humanistic educational institutions to Spain's two great colonies, Mexico and Peru. Abbott reconstructs rhetoric's role in Spain's American empire, describing the colonies as the site of extraordinary conflicts between cultures, traditions, religions, and languages. According to Abbott, never before had rhetoric been required to confront peoples and places so apparently alien to its ancient Mediterranean origins. Abbott contends that these conflicts infused colonial rhetoric with an urgency and intricacy often surpassing the academic contentiousness of European humanism. Abbott reveals the uniquely American rhetoric produced by this co-mingling of Old and New World rhetorical traditions through case studies of such major colonial rhetoricians as Bernardino de Sahagun, Diego Valades, Bartolome de las Casas, Jose de Acosta, El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, and Jose de Arriaga.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570030857
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/28/1996
Series:
Studies in Rhetoric/Communication Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
6.21(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
General Editor's Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Rhetoric: Old World and New6
2Bernardino de Sahagun and the Rhetoric of the Other24
3Diego Valades: An Ancient Art in a New World41
4Bartolome de Las Casas and Jose de Acosta: The Other as Audience60
5El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega: Renaissance Rhetoric and Native Narrative79
6Jose de Arriaga: Extirpation and Persuasion in the New World102
Bibliography121
Index131

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