Renaissance Figures of Speech by Sylvia AdamsonRenaissance Figures of Speech by Sylvia Adamson

Renaissance Figures of Speech

EditorSylvia Adamson, Gavin Alexander, Katrin Ettenhuber

Hardcover | February 4, 2008

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The Renaissance saw a renewed and energetic engagement with classical rhetoric; recent years have seen a similar revival of interest in Renaissance rhetoric. As Renaissance critics recognised, figurative language is the key area of intersection between rhetoric and literature. This book is the first modern account of Renaissance rhetoric to focus solely on the figures of speech. It reflects a belief that the figures exemplify the larger concerns of rhetoric, and connect, directly or by analogy, to broader cultural and philosophical concerns within early modern society. Thirteen authoritative contributors have selected a rhetorical figure with a special currency in Renaissance writing and have used it as a key to one of the period's characteristic modes of perception, forms of argument, states of feeling or styles of reading.
Katrin Ettenhuber is Fellow and Lecturer in English at Pembroke College, Cambridge.
Title:Renaissance Figures of SpeechFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.98 inPublished:February 4, 2008Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521866405

ISBN - 13:9780521866408


Table of Contents

Introduction: the figures in Renaissance theory and practice Sylvia Adamson, Gavin Alexander and Katrin Ettenhuber; 1. Synonymia: or, in other words Sylvia Adamson; 2. Compar or Parison: measure for measure Russ McDonald; 3. Periodos: squaring the circle Janel Mueller; 4. Puns: serious wordplay Sophie Read; 5. Prosopopoeia: the speaking figure Gavin Alexander; 6. Ekphrasis: painting in words Claire Preston; 7. Hysteron proteron, or the preposterous Patricia Parker; 8. Paradiastole: redescribing the vices as virtues Quentin Skinner; 9. Syncrisis: the figure of contestation Ian Donaldson; 10. Testimony: the artless proof R. W. Serjeantson; 11. Hyperbole: exceeding similitude Katrin Ettenhuber; 12. Metalepsis: the boundaries of metaphor Brian Cummings; 13. The vices of style William Poole.

Editorial Reviews

"[T]his collection is an excellent introduction to Renaissance rhetoric and its significance for early modern thinking and writing."
-Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900