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Classical Education and the Early American Democratic Style

Joy Connolly

in Classics and National Cultures

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199212989
eISBN:
9780191594205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212989.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines classical rhetoric's central role in the formation of early American cultural identity. It surveys classical education in eighteenth‐ and early nineteenth‐century America, ... More


Renaissance Reintegration

Brian Vickers

in In Defence of Rhetoric

Published in print:
1989
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117919
eISBN:
9780191671128
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117919.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter returns the nature of rhetoric and the link between style and persuasion. It looks at the way in which Renaissance rhetoric laid increasing stress on its power to move the reader's or ... More


Commonplace Shakespeare

Neil Rhodes

in Shakespeare and the Origins of English

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199245727
eISBN:
9780191715259
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245727.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter takes one central aspect of the educational curriculum mentioned earlier — the commonplace method — showing first the creative uses to which Shakespeare puts this and how his own texts ... More


Edwin Forrest's Redding Up: Elocution, Theater, and the Performance of the Frontier

Matthew Rebhorn

in Pioneer Performances: Staging the Frontier

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199751303
eISBN:
9780199932559
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751303.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature, Drama

This chapter begins telling an alternative story of the theater by exploring the actor Edwin Forrest's “redding up” in 1829 when playing the title role in John Augustus Stone's ... More


The Elocutionists: Women, Music, and the Spoken Word

Marian Wilson Kimber

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040719
eISBN:
9780252099151
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040719.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

Poetry recitation and music intersected in performances by American women between ca. 1850 and 1950. Through oral interpretation of literature, women aspired to a place in high culture, yet in taking ... More


A Matter of Emphasis: Coleridge and Thelwall, 1796–7

David Fairer

in Organising Poetry: The Coleridge Circle, 1790-1798

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780199296163
eISBN:
9780191712289
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296163.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

John Thelwall, the radical activist, posed a double challenge to Coleridge — as a materialist atheist and as a man with decided views on poetic form. This chapter argues that these two elements were ... More


Introduction: ‘A National Obsession’

Lynda Mugglestone

in Talking Proper: The Rise of Accent as Social Symbol

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199250622
eISBN:
9780191719486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250622.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology

This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of accent as a marker of social acceptability, facilitating or impeding social advance. It considers how occupations and prejudices about speech ... More


Approaching the Lecture Room

Sarah Zimmerman

in The Romantic Literary Lecture in Britain

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198833147
eISBN:
9780191872631
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198833147.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Public lectures on poetry became popular events in England in the first two decades of the nineteenth century. They joined a thriving lecture scene dominated by science lectures, and they were ... More


John Thelwall’s School of Eloquence

Sarah Zimmerman

in The Romantic Literary Lecture in Britain

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198833147
eISBN:
9780191872631
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198833147.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Thelwall could not escape the ghosts of his radical past as a political speaker who had been tried for treason. In reinventing himself as a speech therapist and lecturer on elocution he channeled his ... More


A Nation of Speechifiers: Making an American Public after the Revolution

Carolyn Eastman

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226180199
eISBN:
9780226180212
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226180212.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

In the decades after the American Revolution, inhabitants of the United States began to shape a new national identity. Telling the story of this messy yet formative process, this book argues that ... More


Alfred, lord Tennyson’s Spectral Energy: Historical Intonation in Dramatic Recitation

Jason Camlot

in Phonopoetics: The Making of Early Literary Recordings

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781503605213
eISBN:
9781503609716
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503605213.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Chapter 3 tells the story of the multiple recordings made between 1890 and 1920, both by the poet himself and by actors and elocutionists, of Tennyson’s poem “The Charge of The Light Brigade.” It ... More


The Odyssey of a Nice Girl: Elocution and Women’s Cultural Aspirations

Marian Wilson Kimber

in The Elocutionists: Women, Music, and the Spoken Word

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040719
eISBN:
9780252099151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040719.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

Ruth Suckow’s novel, The Odyssey of a Nice Girl (1925), based on her elocution school experiences, demonstrates how gender shaped women’s artistic lives in the Progressive era. Elocution enhanced ... More


Making Elocution Musical: Accompanied Recitation and the Musical Voice

Marian Wilson Kimber

in The Elocutionists: Women, Music, and the Spoken Word

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040719
eISBN:
9780252099151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040719.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

Poetic recitation was regularly heard at concerts and in “musical and literary entertainments.” Recitation anthologies designed for homes and schools provided sample programs. Music and elocution ... More


Demosthenes in America: From Sensibility to Nationalism in Elocutionary Education

in A Nation of Speechifiers: Making an American Public after the Revolution

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226180199
eISBN:
9780226180212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226180212.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

In America, schoolbooks contained stories of the Greek orator Demosthenes who, by investing his speech with power and eloquence, earned fame for both Greece and the art of oratory. Demosthenes was ... More


Vindicating Female Eloquence: Girls' Oratory and the Rise and Fall of a Female Counterpublic

in A Nation of Speechifiers: Making an American Public after the Revolution

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226180199
eISBN:
9780226180212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226180212.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

Many Americans welcomed the idea that the new nation during its early decades would be inhabited by well-spoken, publicly engaged women. Elocutionary education not only helped teach children in ... More


Smart’s Professors: Birdsong and Rhetorical Agency in Jubilate Agno

Fraser Easton

in Mocking Bird Technologies: The Poetics of Parroting, Mimicry, and Other Starling Tropes

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780823278480
eISBN:
9780823280520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823278480.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines the significance of birds in Christopher Smart’s long religious poem, Jubilate Agno. Situating the many references to birds within the overall plan and layout of the poem’s ... More


Oratory Transactions: John “Orator” Henley and His Critics

Paula McDowell

in The Invention of the Oral: Print Commerce and Fugitive Voices in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226456966
eISBN:
9780226457017
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226457017.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter focuses on John “Orator” Henley, a preacher, entrepreneur, and elocutionist who for thirty years operated an oratory in the heart of London. Henley was an Anglican minister who broke ... More


How to Speak Well in Public: The Elocution Movement Begins in Earnest

Paula McDowell

in The Invention of the Oral: Print Commerce and Fugitive Voices in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226456966
eISBN:
9780226457017
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226457017.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter examines English contributors to the elocution movement after John Henley, as well as their French precursor Michel le Faucheur. After the Toleration Act granted freedom of worship to ... More


Electrifying Voices: Recording, Radio, and the New Friendly but Formal Speech

Brenton J. Malin

in Feeling Mediated: A History of Media Technology and Emotion in America

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814762790
eISBN:
9780814770153
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814762790.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter focuses on the impact of recording and radio broadcasting on speech delivery, teaching, and research. During the 1910s to the early 1930s, the discipline of speech replaced the highly ... More


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