The Rhetoric of Sensibility in Eighteenth-Century Culture by Paul GoringThe Rhetoric of Sensibility in Eighteenth-Century Culture by Paul Goring

The Rhetoric of Sensibility in Eighteenth-Century Culture

byPaul Goring

Paperback | March 19, 2009

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Paul Goring demonstrates how eighteenth-century writers and performers, including Samuel Richardson, David Garrick and Laurence Sterne, were involved in the construction of innovative bourgeois ideals of sentimental eloquence in contrast to more patrician, classical bodily modes. Spanning oratory, theatre and the novel, Goring charts the growing links between bodily eloquence and the wider formalities of politeness to reveal a cultural contest concerning the appropriate forms of physical expression.
Title:The Rhetoric of Sensibility in Eighteenth-Century CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:236 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:March 19, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521103207

ISBN - 13:9780521103206

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Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. Spectacular passions: eighteenth-century oratory and the reform of eloquence; 2. Bodies on the borders of politeness: 'Orator Henley', Methodist enthusiasm and polite literature; 3. Thomas Sheridan: forging the British body; 4. The art of acting: mid-century stagecraft and the broadcast of feeling; 5. Polite reading: sentimental fiction and the performance of response; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"...distinguishes between polite bodily discourse and that of enthusisatic bodies....Mr. Goring's Epilogue examines Sterne's oratory and bodily expression in sermons and literature..."
--Rebecca Shapiro, Westminister College, The Scriblerian