Seduction and Sacrilege: Rhetorical Power in Fray Gerundio de Campazas

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Bucknell University Press, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 154 pages
The hilarious and incisive satire of bad preaching was a best seller in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Haidt traces the novel's ploting of the life of a bad- that is, all too human- man whose successful pursit of a career in the pulpit involves a complex mix of naivete and political manipulation, ignorance and ambition, pleasure and perversion, seduction and sacrilege.
 

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Contents

Anything is Possible
25
Gerundian Preaching and Rococo Seduction
46
The Wisdom of Age the Impudence of Youth Sacrilege and the Quarrel of Ancients and Moderns
82
Scheming and Spending The Politics of Becoming a Preacher
103
Conclusion
129
Notes
133
Works Cited
144
Index
153
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Page 19 - And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Page 31 - I mean an intelligent word graven in the soul of the learner, which can defend itself, and knows when to speak and when to be silent.

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