Elizabethan Rhetoric

Elizabethan Rhetoric

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Peter Mack examines the impact of humanist training in rhetoric and argument on a range of Elizabethan prose texts, including political orations, histories, romances, conduct manuals, privy council debates and personal letters. Elizabethan Rhetoric reconstructs the knowledge, skills and approaches which an Elizabethan would have acquired in order to participate in the political and religious debates of the time: the approaches to an audience, analysis and replication of textual structures, organisation of arguments and tactics for disputation. Study of the rhetorical codes and conventions in terms of which debates were conducted is currently a major area of historical and literary enquiry, and Mack provides a wealth of new information about what was taught and how these conventions were exploited in personal memoranda, court depositions, sermons and political and religious pamphlets. This important book will be invaluable for all those interested in the culture, literature and political history of the period.The Spanish are experienced enough to realise that as a result of the peace they have lost wealth and the English no longer face enemies and ... Cornwallis regards comparison with everyday life as the most ap- propriate device for achieving such a fundamental reorientation of the ... are simpler in themselves and explained more fully and plainly, but they also carry the greatest burden of persuasion.


Title:Elizabethan Rhetoric
Author: Peter Mack
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2002-10-17
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