Renaissance Figures of Speech

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Sylvia Adamson, Gavin Alexander, Katrin Ettenhuber
Cambridge University Press, Dec 20, 2007 - History - 306 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Section 1
17
Section 2
39
Section 3
43
Section 4
52
Section 5
54
Section 6
55
Section 7
61
Section 8
81
Section 10
115
Section 11
133
Section 12
149
Section 13
167
Section 14
181
Section 15
197
Section 16
217
Section 17
237

Section 9
97

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About the author (2007)

Sylvia Adamson is Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Sheffield and Chair of Renaissance Studies in the School of English.

Gavin Alexander is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge.

Katrin Ettenhuber is Fellow and Lecturer in English at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and a Newton Trust Lecturer in the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge.

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