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

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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. Handel's dramatic oratorios.
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Explains how historical, rhetorical, and epistemological concepts that lie behind art, its making, and its performance contribute to our understanding of 18th-century European art. Leans heavily toward musical drama and its audience because it requires a historical understanding that combines the dimensions of other artistic media, and particularly on Handel's dramatic oratorios. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820437231
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • 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. I General Relationships Between Systems of Thought, Rhetoric, and the Arts 1
Ch. II The Mimetic Field of Reference: Eighteenth-Century Epistemological Assumptions 69
Ch. III Rhetoric and Mimesis 111
Plates 1 through 7 199
Ch. IV Rhetoric: Elocutio 207
Ch. V Actio, or Gesture, and Parallels between Oratory, Acting, and Painting 277
Ch. VI Systems of Thought in Works of Art 317
Ch. VII Alexander's Feast: Psychology, Rhetorical Analysis, and Effect 351
Bibliography 371
Index 399
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