The Sixth Canon: Belletristic Rhetorical Theory and its French Antecedents

The Sixth Canon: Belletristic Rhetorical Theory and its French Antecedents

by Barbara Warnick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0872498921

ISBN-13: 9780872498921

Pub. Date: 10/01/1993

Publisher: University of South Carolina Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780872498921
Publisher:
University of South Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/01/1993
Series:
Studies in Rhetoric/Communication Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction1
Blair and the Transition to Belletrism2
Scottish Belletrists and "The Sixth Canon"4
French Belletrism6
The Sixth Canon as a "Rhetorical Theory"10
The French Influence14
Ch. 1Lamy's L'Art de parler and the Eclipse of Invention18
Bernard Lamy's L'Art de parler21
L'Art de parler as a Precursor of Belletrism22
Invention in L'Art de parler24
The Psychological Dimensions of Persuasion28
Vraisemblance32
L'Art de parler as a Transitional Rhetoric34
The Sixth Canon: A New Theory of Influence34
Oratory as Portraiture35
Propriety38
Vraisemblance40
Clarity43
Ch. 2Propriety47
Bienseance and Other Critical Terms47
Bienseance in Fenelon's Rhetorical Theory50
Sympathy and Propriety in Adam Smith's Lectures57
Propriety and Plausibility in George Campbell's Works62
Propriety in Hugh Blair's Lectures68
Ch. 3The Sublime74
Boileau and the Sublime76
Joseph Priestley's Course of Lectures on Oratory and Criticism84
George Campbell's Philosophy of Rhetoric87
Hugh Blair's Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres89
Ch. 4Taste95
An Empiricist View of Taste: Hume and Gerard97
A Common Sense Philosophy of Taste: Reid's Reply to Hume and Gerard107
Hugh Blair's Theory of Taste: Something for Everyone111
Taste in George Campbell's Rhetorical Theory116
The Roots of Empiricist Aesthetics in the Work of Abbe Dubos120
Conclusion129
Notes137
Selected References161
Index171

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