Rhetoric: Readings in French Literature

Paperback | December 16, 1999

byMichael Hawcroft

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Rhetoric is the art of persuasion, whether spoken or written. In the first chapter of Rhetoric: Readings in French Literature, Michael Hawcroft sets out its principles comprehensively and lucidly, providing an easily-consulted outline of key terms and a wide range of illustrative examples.Subsequent chapters explore rhetoric at work in different genres, via close reading of texts which range from the drama of Moliere, Racine, and Beckett; Montaigne, Sevigne, and Gide on the self; the prose fiction of Laclos, Zola, and Sarraute; poetry by D'Aubigne, Baudelaire, and Cesaire; and theoratory of de Gaulle and Yourcenar. Rhetorical analysis uncovers subtleties and complexities in texts which emerge as exciting dramas of communication. This is at once a handbook of rhetoric and a guide to its application to French texts from the sixteenth century to the present.

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Rhetoric is the art of persuasion, whether spoken or written. In the first chapter of Rhetoric: Readings in French Literature, Michael Hawcroft sets out its principles comprehensively and lucidly, providing an easily-consulted outline of key terms and a wide range of illustrative examples.Subsequent chapters explore rhetoric at work in...

Michael Hawcroft is at Keble College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:December 16, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198160070

ISBN - 13:9780198160076

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Rhetorical theory: a practical guide2. Oratory3. Drama4. Prose fiction5. Poetry6. The SelfConclusionAppendix: Outline of Chapter 1Select bibliographyIndex of rhetorical termsIndex of names and works

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`thoroughly thought-through handbook ... Hawcroft thoughtfully provides memory-joggers, for he knows how fallible is our recall of technical terms. His dragnet of reference is impressively wide ... this is a very persuasive book'Walter Redfern, MLR, 96.2, 2001