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Theory & History of Literature #0063: Rhetoric

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"The history of rhetoric, from Plato to McLuhan, is such a lengthy, twisting, turning road that when it is traveled at high speed, as it is in this volume of 130 pages, translated from the Italian edition of 1979, the landscape is reduced to a general blur, the periods of historical study remain indistinct, and the reader is left with only a few monuments to remember. In the section on the Middle Ages, as a case in point, we hear chiefly of Augustine, Boethius, and Dante, but the complexity of the views which shaped the subject in the period and which have led to widely different modern interpretations is never sufficiently investigated. The work of the Second Sophistic lacks a critical analysis, the discussion of the parallel development of Ciceronian and Christian rhetoric amounts largely to a recitation of names of authors, and the bibliography omits key works by J. Murphy, H. Caplan, L. Arbusow, E. Faral, K. Halm, and J. Manly. Other centuries are reviewed equally rapidly so that in the end the chief virtue of this brief guide is that it may lead the student to more substantial treatment of the subject elsewhere." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Book News Annotation:

Barilli (rhetoric and stylistics, U. of Bologna) presents a concise history of rhetoric, from its origins in ancient Greece to the media technologies of the late 20th century. Covers the pre-Socratic Sophists; the Renaissance humanists; Kant, Hegel, and Croce; Freud, Saussure, and Marshall McLuhan. Cloth edition ($29.95) not seen.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816617296
Author:
Barilli, Renato
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Author:
Barilli, Renato
Location:
Minneapolis :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Rhetoric -- History.
Subject:
Reference-Rhetoric
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 145-151.
Series:
Theory and History of Literature
Series Volume:
0063
Publication Date:
19890631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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