A History of Renaissance Rhetoric 1380-1620

Paperback | May 25, 2013

byPeter Mack

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This is the first comprehensive History of Renaissance Rhetoric. Rhetoric, a training in writing and delivering speeches, was a fundamental part of renaissance culture and education. It is concerned with a wide range of issues, connected with style, argument, self-presentation, the arousal ofemotion, voice and gesture. More than 3,500 works on rhetoric were published in a total of over 15,000 editions between 1460 and 1700. The renaissance was a great age of innovation in rhetorical theory. This book shows how renaissance scholars recovered and circulated classical rhetoric texts, how they absorbed new doctrines from Greek rhetoric, and how they adapted classical rhetorical teaching to fit modern conditions. It traces the development of specialised manuals in letter-writing, sermoncomposition and style, alongside accounts of the major Latin treatises in the field by Lorenzo Valla, George Trapezuntius, Rudolph Agricola, Erasmus, Philip Melanchthon, Johann Sturm, Juan Luis Vives, Peter Ramus, Cyprien Soarez, Justus Lipsius, Gerard Vossius and many others.

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This is the first comprehensive History of Renaissance Rhetoric. Rhetoric, a training in writing and delivering speeches, was a fundamental part of renaissance culture and education. It is concerned with a wide range of issues, connected with style, argument, self-presentation, the arousal ofemotion, voice and gesture. More than 3,500 ...

Peter Mack is Director of the Warburg Institute, University of London; Professor of English at the University of Warwick.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.07 inPublished:May 25, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction and Origins2. Diffusion and Reception of Classical Rhetoric3. Italy 1390-14804. Agricola5. Erasmus6. Northern Europe 1519-1545: The Age of Melanchthon7. Northern Europe 1545-1580: Ramus and company8. Southern Europe in the Sixteenth Century9. New Syntheses 1600-1620: Keckermann, Vossius and Caussin10. Manuals of Tropes and Figures11. Letter-writing manuals12. Preaching manuals and Legal dialectics13. Vernacular Rhetorics14. Conclusion: Renaissance RhetoricBibliography of Secondary WorksGlossary of Rhetorical and Dialectical Terms

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"an ambitious compendium of rhetorical history that brings a broad corpus together ... Mack's book encapsulates many of the essential rhetorical works of the Renaissance, providing insightful and articulate overviews of its primary sources along with convienient groupings to help the novicescholar make sense of these immense and diverse sources." --Amanda J. Gerber, Comitatus 18/09/2012