The Sixth Canon: Belletristic Rhetorical Theory and its French Antecedents

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  • ISBN-13: 9780872498921
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • 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

Introduction 1
Blair and the Transition to Belletrism 2
Scottish Belletrists and "The Sixth Canon" 4
French Belletrism 6
The Sixth Canon as a "Rhetorical Theory" 10
The French Influence 14
Ch. 1 Lamy's L'Art de parler and the Eclipse of Invention 18
Bernard Lamy's L'Art de parler 21
L'Art de parler as a Precursor of Belletrism 22
Invention in L'Art de parler 24
The Psychological Dimensions of Persuasion 28
Vraisemblance 32
L'Art de parler as a Transitional Rhetoric 34
The Sixth Canon: A New Theory of Influence 34
Oratory as Portraiture 35
Propriety 38
Vraisemblance 40
Clarity 43
Ch. 2 Propriety 47
Bienseance and Other Critical Terms 47
Bienseance in Fenelon's Rhetorical Theory 50
Sympathy and Propriety in Adam Smith's Lectures 57
Propriety and Plausibility in George Campbell's Works 62
Propriety in Hugh Blair's Lectures 68
Ch. 3 The Sublime 74
Boileau and the Sublime 76
Joseph Priestley's Course of Lectures on Oratory and Criticism 84
George Campbell's Philosophy of Rhetoric 87
Hugh Blair's Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres 89
Ch. 4 Taste 95
An Empiricist View of Taste: Hume and Gerard 97
A Common Sense Philosophy of Taste: Reid's Reply to Hume and Gerard 107
Hugh Blair's Theory of Taste: Something for Everyone 111
Taste in George Campbell's Rhetorical Theory 116
The Roots of Empiricist Aesthetics in the Work of Abbe Dubos 120
Conclusion 129
Notes 137
Selected References 161
Index 171
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