Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Medieval Rhetoric: A Casebook

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Medieval Rhetoric: A Casebook

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Medieval Rhetoric: A Casebook, ed. Scott D. Troyan, Routledge Medieval Casebooks (New York and Abingdon: Roudedge, 2005). viii + 262 pp. ISBN 0-415-97163-2. £60.00. The remit of this interesting collection of essays is somewhat narrower than its tide suggests. It arises out of a panel on Rhetoric and History held at a meeting of the New Chaucer Society, and hence its special focus is the writings of Chaucer. These are placed in the more general context of rhetorical practice. Essays treat rhetoric as process and persuasion, the use of rhetoric in textual invention, and its hermeneutic appropriation. Particular emphasis is placed on the role of rhetoric in theories of medieval textual interpretation, and on the classical underpinning of medieval rhetoric. An essay by Douglas Kelly on the medieval arts of poetry and prose, looking at rhetorical instruction and models, opens the volume. Georgiana Donavin writes on Chaucer's presentation of alphabet letters as rosary beads in his An ABC, Ann W. …

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