The Rhetoric of Redemption: The Literary Criticism of G.K. Chesterton

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The Rhetoric of Redemption: Chesterton, Ethical Criticism, and the Common Man examines the literary criticism written by G. K. Chesterton between 1902 and 1913 from a rhetorical standpoint to ascertain whether Chesterton did in fact create the "criticism for the common man" he aimed for. To answer this question, this book explores the relationships among writers, readers, books, and critics both during the time Chesterton first began writing and in the context of rhetorical and critical tradition from Plato to ...

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Overview

The Rhetoric of Redemption: Chesterton, Ethical Criticism, and the Common Man examines the literary criticism written by G. K. Chesterton between 1902 and 1913 from a rhetorical standpoint to ascertain whether Chesterton did in fact create the "criticism for the common man" he aimed for. To answer this question, this book explores the relationships among writers, readers, books, and critics both during the time Chesterton first began writing and in the context of rhetorical and critical tradition from Plato to the present day. Ultimately, this book argues that Chesterton's unorthodox approach to literature, while still dismissed by the academic establishment, raises fundamental questions about the nature and function of literature and criticism that need to be raised anew in every generation and especially in the wake of each new critical episteme.

The Rhetoric of Redemption is extremely useful for both scholars and students of literary criticism and Chesterton enthusiasts who are interested in his approach to literature. This book would also be a valuable resource for courses in nineteenth-century British literature, literary criticism, and rhetorical analysis.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433119804
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/15/2012
  • Series: Studies in Literary Criticism and Theory
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan R. Blackstock, Associate Professor of English at Utah State University, earned his Ph.D. in nineteenth-century British literature/language and rhetoric from the University of New Mexico. He has received awards for Instructor of the Year and Researcher of the Year while at Utah State University. His previous publications include A Green River Reader (2005) and several articles in peer-reviewed journals.

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