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Throughout the European Renaissance, authors famous and obscure debated the nature, goals, and value of rhetoric. In a host of treatises, handbooks, letters, and orations, written in both Latin and the vernacular, they attempted to assess the central role that rhetoric clearly played in their culture. Was rhetoric a valuable tool of legitimation for rulers or a dangerous ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 6th 2000 by Cornell University Press (first published December 1999)
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Mary
Feb 17, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it
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What a fun conversation! Not only do these writers debate with each other, but they all engage in some sort of dialogue--with Cicero, Plato, St. Jerome, beloved correspondents, constructed interlocutors, France in general, etc. Fun to trace some of the classic rhetoric debates: rhet. v. phil., morality of rhetoric, rhetoric v. poetics, rhetoric's connection to democracy and/or demagoguery, France's rhetorical capacities, etc.

The annotations and historic/mythic glossary are wonderful for connect
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Lisette
Apr 24, 2013 Lisette rated it really liked it
This is a good peek into the wildly debated world of rhetoric. This collection is also a great doorway into the subject of rhetoric. Some essays are a quite dry (I'm looking at you Ramus) while others were insightful (Erasmus, et al) or funny (Jewel). All in all, this book is a nice peek into the history of rhetoric.
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Feb 25, 2015 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I've only picked and chosen among the essays, but I will definitely return. Fantastic read, both choice of selections and explanatory material.
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This was generally interesting and relevant reading for my dissertation on the rhetoric of Shakespeare, and I'm sure I'll quote from this book several times.
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Wayne Alexander Rebhorn's scholarship explores the social and political dimensions of literature and rhetoric in the European Renaissance. Working in three fields—the literatures of the English Renaissance and of the European Renaissance as well as Renaissance rhetoric—he has written, translated, edited, or co-edited eight books in addition to over twenty-five scholarly articles on authors from ...more
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