Rhetoric, Romance, and Technology: Studies in the Interaction of Expression and Culture

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Cornell University Press, Oct 5, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 358 pages
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This is not a book on rhetoric in any narrow sense, but rather concerns its general ambiance and also some of its quite specific manifestations. The thirteen chapters that comprise the book move chronologically from the Renaissance up to the present time. Chapter 2 shows the continuity of verbal expression during the English Renaissance with earlier speech and thought patterns before the invention of writing. In the third chapter, a detailed report is given on the entire production of English-language books on rhetoric and poetic and literary criticism or theory during the Tudor age, from the late 15th through the beginning of the 17th century. The fourth chapter indicates the central significance of the art of memory.

The chapters from 5 through 12 treat the interrelationships between social institutions and modes of thought and expression (Latin Language Study as a Renaissance Puberty Rite; Ramist Classroom Procedure and the Nature of Reality; Ramist Method and the Commercial Mind; Swift on the Mind: Satire in a Closed Field; Psyche and the Geometers; Associationist Critical Theory; J. S. Mill's Pariah Poet; Romantic Difference and the Poetics of Technology; and The Literate Orality of Popular Culture Today). The final chapter centers on the history of the humanities to show that they have not been the same in all ages, and that they are always in a state of crisis.

 

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Contents

1 Rhetoric and the Origins of Consciousness
1
2 Oral Residue in Tudor Prose Style
23
3 Tudor Writings on Rhetoric Poetic and Literary Theory
48
4 Memory as Art
104
5 Latin Language Study as a Renaissance Puberty Rite
113
6 Ramist Classroom Procedure and the Nature of Reality
142
7 Ramist Method and the Commercial Mind
165
Satire in a Closed Field
190
Associationist Critical Theory
213
10 J S Mills Pariah Poet
237
11 Romantic Difference and the Poetics of Technology
255
12 The Literate Orality of Popular Culture Today
284
13 Crisis and Understanding in the Humanities
304
Index
337
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