Seduction and Sacrilege: Rhetorical Power in Fray Gerundio de Campazas

Seduction and Sacrilege: Rhetorical Power in Fray Gerundio de Campazas

by Rebecca Haidt
     
 

Jose Francisco de Isla's 1758 Fray Gerundio de Campazas, a biting satire of bad preaching, was one of the most popular European works of fiction of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Fray Gerundio not only targets preachers' silly sermons and absurd antics in the pulpit, but also questions the political machinations and cultural norms that permit con men, rubes,… See more details below

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Jose Francisco de Isla's 1758 Fray Gerundio de Campazas, a biting satire of bad preaching, was one of the most popular European works of fiction of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Fray Gerundio not only targets preachers' silly sermons and absurd antics in the pulpit, but also questions the political machinations and cultural norms that permit con men, rubes, and hacks to accede to positions of pastoral power. Yet decreasing numbers of late twentieth-century and early twenty-first-century readers are familiar with the novel, due to many factors including its length (six volumes), subject matter (preaching), and a legacy of critical evaluation as a narrative lacking plot and psychological depth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780838754443
Publisher:
Bucknell University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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