Signs and Meaning in Eighteenth-Century Art: Epistemology, Rhetoric, Painting, Poesy, Music, Dramatic Performance, and G. F. Handel

Signs and Meaning in Eighteenth-Century Art: Epistemology, Rhetoric, Painting, Poesy, Music, Dramatic Performance, and G. F. Handel

by H. James Jensen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820437239

ISBN-13: 9780820437231

Pub. Date: 01/28/1998

Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated

Signs and Meaning explains historical assumptions about eighteenth-century art and performance, and the signs employed. It assumes that how artists thought they made art and how audiences thought they received it was how it was made, received, and understood. Eighteenth-century epistemological and rhetorical assumptions bring together meaning and practices

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Signs and Meaning explains historical assumptions about eighteenth-century art and performance, and the signs employed. It assumes that how artists thought they made art and how audiences thought they received it was how it was made, received, and understood. Eighteenth-century epistemological and rhetorical assumptions bring together meaning and practices of rhetoric, philosophy, literature, painting, dramatic performance, and music. Musical drama shows the widest range of signs for an audience, presenting and representing the passions as the basis for the understanding of human nature and actions. This book starts with explanations of assumptions, and ends with analyses of G. F. Händel's dramatic oratorios.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820437231
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Series:
American University Studies
Pages:
410
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of Illustrations
Permission Acknowledgements
Ch. IGeneral Relationships Between Systems of Thought, Rhetoric, and the Arts1
Ch. IIThe Mimetic Field of Reference: Eighteenth-Century Epistemological Assumptions69
Ch. IIIRhetoric and Mimesis111
Plates 1 through 7199
Ch. IVRhetoric: Elocutio207
Ch. VActio, or Gesture, and Parallels between Oratory, Acting, and Painting277
Ch. VISystems of Thought in Works of Art317
Ch. VIIAlexander's Feast: Psychology, Rhetorical Analysis, and Effect351
Bibliography371
Index399

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