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Rhetorical affect in early modern writing : renaissance passions reconsidered /
Robert Cockcroft.
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
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ix, 209 p.
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0333802527
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2003.
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0333802527
catalogue key
4844454
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-06-01:
Cockcroft (formerly, Univ. of Nottingham, UK) breathes new life into two fields, rhetorical theory and English Renaissance literary studies. In the first chapter he provides the key to unlock his method of "double analysis," applying theories of pathos (as it interacts with ethos and logos) from classical rhetoric in conjunction with the "new" rhetoric of sociolinguistic theory. After presenting the intellectual milieu that gave birth to the book, he sketches several new rhetorical techniques, e.g., schema theory, production and reception roles, the dynamics of pathos, etc., and then uses them as tools for explicating the complex role of pathos in one episode in Samson Agonistes. This becomes a model for explication in the remaining chapters, where Cockcroft traces conceptions of pathos from Plato to Milton, applies the double method to modern literary criticism itself (an interesting and useful exercise), then examines affective range by explicating short passages from a wide range of early modern writings. This book is certain to inspire a fair amount of new scholarship by rhetoricians in any field. Though it would have benefited from more editing, it will be extremely useful to those patient enough to learn the methodology and practice applying it themselves. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. A. P. Church University of Texas at Brownsville
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"Cockroft...breathes new life into two fields, rhetorical theory and English Renaissance literary studies...Highly recommended."--A.P.Church, Choice
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Emotive language is now best understood by combining the analytic techniques of classical rhetoric with current linguistic practices. With or without prompting, the 'passions' of Renaissance culture can stir contrary feelings in today's readers, which are enlisted to validate a range of theorised responses. This book will mediate between critics, readers, the author and the original audience, using the 'New Rhetoric' to open fresh perspectives on writers as diverse as Christopher Marlowe, Lucy Hutchinson and Margaret Cavendish.
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Emotive language is now best understood by combining the analytic techniques of classical rhetoric with current linguistic practices. With or without prompting, the "passions" of Renaissance culture can stir contrary feelings in today's readers, which are enlisted to validate a range of theorized responses. This book will use the "New Rhetoric" to open fresh perspectives on writers as diverse as Christopher Marlowe, Lucy Hutchinson, and Margaret Cavendish.
Table of Contents
Preface
Introduction: Reconsidered Passions
From Perception to Persuasion Why 'Reconsidered Passion'?
Emotion, now- and then Introducing the New Rhetoric Empowering the Reader?
A 'Double Analysis' - with a difference
Sable Clouds And Silver Linings
A Pathetic Muddle? Ideas of Pathos from Plato to Milton
The Applications of Pathos Milton's A Masque: the Progression of Pathos
Old Passions, New Purposes
Reconsidering: how and why?
Talent and the Spotlight
Writer and Audience
About the Bard's Business
Perspectives on Power
Going To Extremes
The Extremes of Love and Hate Passionate to a Purpose
Adjusting The Mirrors
The Emotional Laser
Designs on the Audience
Rival Reflections
Back to the Audience?
Engaging the Reader
A Case in Point
Conclusion
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index
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