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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:
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.
Introduction: What is Rhetoric? Part 1: The Classical Art Beginnings Plato’s Attack. Aristotle’s Rhetoric The Roman Art Cicero: Rejecting Theory Part 2: Rhetoric Renewed Renaissance to Enlightenment Literature and Rhetoric ‘Rhetorical Didactics’: Post-Enlightenment. Part 3: Rhetoric to Rhetoricality I.A. Richards: The Art Renewed The Death of Rhetoric Post-Structuralist Rhetoric Jacques Derrida Paul de Man Rhetoric Extended Kenneth Burke Glossary of Rhetorical Terms Bibliography