First published in 1971, this book provides a historical account of the fortunes of Rhetoric. Beginning with a study of classical rhetorical theory and practice, it goes on to explore the impact of rhetoric on English literature and the renunciation of rhetoric from the late 17th century. The book concludes with a survey of the ways in which rhetoric was revived and re-modelled in the 20th century and its bearings on the practice and theory of literary criticism.
This book will be of interest to those studying English literature and literary theory.
General Editor’s Preface; Note; 1. Introduction: Some Modern Instances 2. Classical Theory 3. The Rules of Rhetoric 4. Rhetoric and Literature 5. The Renunciation of Rhetoric 6. Rhetoric Renewed; Bibliography; Index
This set of 37 volumes is a revival of the original Critical Idiom series. First published between 1969 and 1979, the volumes in this series provide concise and accessible introductions to a range of critical terms which are key to the study of literature. This set will be a valuable resource for students working with complex literary terminology.