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Rhetoric
     

Rhetoric

by Jennifer Richards
 

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ISBN-10: 0415314372

ISBN-13: 9780415314374

Pub. Date: 11/22/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Rhetoric has shaped our understanding of the nature of language and the purpose of literature for over two millennia. It is of crucial importance in understanding the development of literary history as well as elements of philosophy, politics and culture. The nature and practise of rhetoric was central to Classical, Renaissance and Enlightenment cultures and its

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Rhetoric has shaped our understanding of the nature of language and the purpose of literature for over two millennia. It is of crucial importance in understanding the development of literary history as well as elements of philosophy, politics and culture. The nature and practise of rhetoric was central to Classical, Renaissance and Enlightenment cultures and its relevance continues in our own postmodern world to inspire further debate.

Examining both the practice and theory of this controversial concept, Jennifer Richards explores:

  • historical and contemporary definitions of the term ‘rhetoric’
  • uses of rhetoric in literature, by authors such as William Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, William Wordsworth, Jane Austen, W.B. Yeats and James Joyce
  • classical traditions of rhetoric, as seen in the work of Plato, Aristotle and Cicero
  • the rebirth of rhetoric in the Renaissance and the Enlightenment
  • the current status and future of rhetoric in literary and critical theory as envisaged by critics such as Kenneth Burke, Paul de Man and Jacques Derrida.

This insightful volume offers an accessible account of this contentious yet unavoidable term, making this book invaluable reading for students of literature, philosophy and cultural studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415314374
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/22/2007
Series:
New Critical Idiom Series
Edition description:
New
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Series editor's preface     viii
Acknowledgements     ix
Introduction: what is rhetoric?     1
The classical art     19
Beginnings     19
Plato's attack     21
Aristotle's Rhetoric     32
The Roman art     41
Cicero: rejecting theory     53
Rhetoric renewed     64
Renaissance to enlightenment     65
Literature and rhetoric     84
'Rhetorical didactics': post-enlightenment     102
From rhetoric to rhetoricality     114
I.A. Richards: the art renewed     116
The death of rhetoric     121
Post-structuralist rhetoric     129
Rhetoric extended     156
Conclusion     176
Glossary of rhetorical terms     180
Bibliography     186
Index     194

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