Rhetoric and Renaissance Culture

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Walter de Gruyter, Aug 22, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 596 pages

Since Jacob Burckhardt's Kultur der Renaissance in Italien (1869) rhetoric as a significant cultural factor of the renaissance has largely been neglected. The present study seeks to remedy this deficit regarding the arts by concentrating on literary theory and its aspects of imagination (inventio), genre (dispositio of the genera), style (elocutio), mnemonic architecture (memoria) and representation (actio), with illustrative examples taken from Shakespeare's works, but also on the intermedial rhetoric of painting and music. Particular attention is given to the rhetorical ideology of the Renaissance.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Scope and Genres of Renaissance Rhetoric
11
B Poetica Rhetorica
85
C Intermedial Rhetoric
295
Shakespeare as Orator Poet
413
E Iconography of Rhetoric and Eloquence
499
Backmatter
553
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Heinrich F. Plett is full professor (chair) of English literature at the University of Essen, Germany, and director of the Centre for Rhetoric and Renaissance Studies at Essen University.

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