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Word as Action: Racine, Rhetoric, and Theatrical Language

Michael Hawcroft

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151852
eISBN:
9780191672866
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151852.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama, European Literature

France's greatest tragedian, Jean Racine, is often admired for his poetic and tragic qualities. This book explores the theatrical qualities of Racine's language and takes as its analytical tool two ... More


CONCLUSION

Nicholas Hammond

in Playing with Truth: Language and the Human Condition in Pascal's Pensées

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198158936
eISBN:
9780191673412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198158936.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The eighteenth-century discussion of ‘pensées détachées’ sums up the central concerns of this book. The persuasive process of the Pensées is energised by the reader's active participation in sorting ... More


Bumptious Reading and Priggish antanaclasis

Ceri Sullivan

in The Rhetoric of the Conscience in Donne, Herbert, and Vaughan

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199547845
eISBN:
9780191720901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547845.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter moves on to the heart's reception of scripture in the well-known subgenre of ‘wreath’, ‘corona’, or ‘coronet’ verse. Here, the approved secular mode of reading selectively, pen in hand, ... More


Introduction

Michael Hawcroft

in Word as Action: Racine, Rhetoric, and Theatrical Language

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151852
eISBN:
9780191672866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151852.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama, European Literature

The eleven tragedies of Jean Racine have served as a testing ground for the different approaches to the study of literature that have proliferated since 1945. Among many examples are R. C. Knight's ... More


Verbal Action and Rhetorical Theory

Michael Hawcroft

in Word as Action: Racine, Rhetoric, and Theatrical Language

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151852
eISBN:
9780191672866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151852.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Drama, European Literature

This chapter considers what the 17th-century dramatic critic d'Aubignac means when he says that in tragedies of the period to speak is to act. It argues that a plausible interpretation is that the ... More


Formal Oratory: Trials, Embassies, and Councils

Michael Hawcroft

in Word as Action: Racine, Rhetoric, and Theatrical Language

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198151852
eISBN:
9780191672866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151852.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Drama, European Literature

The obvious places to look for the application of the precepts of rhetoric are formal speeches in trials, in political assemblies, and in churches. The most obvious setting for persuasive activity is ... More


Moral Virtue, Erōs, and History

Jeffrey Beneker

in The Passionate Statesman: Erõs and Politics in Plutarch's Lives

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199695904
eISBN:
9780191741319
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695904.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter examines how Plutarch applied his system of ethics both to his reading of history and to his writing of biography. Drawing upon the work of Russell, Wiseman, and Pelling, it first ... More


Finding Relics

Robert Wiśniewski

in The Beginnings of the Cult of Relics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780199675562
eISBN:
9780191817601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199675562.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Theology

When the cult of relics developed in the mid-fourth century, very few tombs of saints whose remains were to be venerated in the centuries to come had been identified. This chapter presents the early ... More


Introduction

Rita Copeland and Ineke Sluiter (eds)

in Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric: Language Arts and Literary Theory, AD 300 -1475

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199653782
eISBN:
9780191803628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199653782.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, Early and Medieval Literature

This section explores two important themes in the theory and teaching of grammar: the so-called ablative absolute and the ‘habit’ of etymology. The grammatical description of ablative absolute was ... More


Into Cleanness Leaping: The Vertiginous Urge to Commit History

Eelco Runia

in Moved by the Past: Discontinuity and Historical Mutation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168205
eISBN:
9780231537575
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168205.003.0006
Subject:
History, Historiography

This chapter examines the experiential validity of discontinuity, with particular emphasis on the tension between the fact that discontinuities are made by the participants, yet come as a surprise ... More


Inventing the New from the Old

Eelco Runia

in Moved by the Past: Discontinuity and Historical Mutation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168205
eISBN:
9780231537575
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168205.003.0007
Subject:
History, Historiography

This chapter shows that to “commit” history is to “invent the new” out of knowledge that is too common to be recognized as knowledge. It attempts to reconnect critical and substantive philosophy of ... More


Crossing the Wires in the Pleasure Machine

Eelco Runia

in Moved by the Past: Discontinuity and Historical Mutation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168205
eISBN:
9780231537575
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168205.003.0008
Subject:
History, Historiography

This chapter offers a “substantive” reflection on the making of history by connecting the notion that “novelty”—or discontinuity—springs from the dehors texte with Jacob Burckhardt's intuition that ... More


The Obscure Figures of the Encyclopedia: Tree Paradigms in the Arbor scientiae

Mary Franklin-Brown

in Reading the World: Encyclopedic Writing in the Scholastic Age

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226260686
eISBN:
9780226260709
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226260709.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter looks again at Ramon Llull, and argues that Llull's hermeneutics and encyclopedism was shaped and molded by Llull's early apprenticeship in troubadour lyric. The chapter also examines ... More


The Hand of Augustine: Thought, Memory, and Performative Existence in the Talmud

Sergey Dolgopolski

in The Open Past: Subjectivity and Remembering in the Talmud

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823244928
eISBN:
9780823252497
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823244928.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter reintroduces Augustine as a resource for thininking about thinking without the thinking subject by highlighting the role of memory in Augustine, and engaging resources of Talmud ... More


Discovery, Proof, and Style

Timothy Raylor

in Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Thomas Hobbes

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198829690
eISBN:
9780191868191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198829690.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter examines Hobbes’s understanding of the problem with rhetoric in philosophical and political reasoning. Although the problem is generally treated as stylistic or elocutionary (rhetoric ... More


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