• Sign In
  • Help
  • My Basket0
Culture of Eloquence: Oratory and Reform in Antebellum America (Paperback)
  • Culture of Eloquence: Oratory and Reform in Antebellum America (Paperback)
zoom

Culture of Eloquence: Oratory and Reform in Antebellum America (Paperback)

(author)
£25.95
Paperback 216 Pages / Published: 08/04/2004
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

Check Marketplace availability

Americans of the early Republic valued the art of eloquence, upholding the ideal that an impassioned, intelligent, and moral speaker will provide essential truths to a democratic audience. Drawing on nonfiction prose of the 1830s-1850s-especially orations, lectures, and addresses-James Perrin Warren sketches a cultural history of the reforming power of language.

Antebellum America truly defined itself as a culture of eloquence. This disposition could be seen in the creation of new cultural spaces, such as the lyceum and popular lecture system, for speakers who were then measured against the ideals of eloquence held by their listeners. Defining eloquence as "powerful, moving speech," Warren engages a host of writers/orators to develop his argument, beginning with Ralph Waldo Emerson's philosophy of language in the 1830s and expanding his discussion to include the theories and practices of Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Elizabeth Peabody, Frederick Douglass, William Gilmore Simms, and Walt Whitman. From this list he outlines practices that crossed the boundaries of gender, race, and class, ultimately showing that diverse sectors of society valued the word as a means toward reform.

Powerful words move people to action, and Warren clearly delineates the authority accorded oratory in antebellum America. This book will appeal to a wide audience, including those interested in antebellum American culture, American literature and cultural history, literary criticism, and rhetoric.

Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
ISBN: 9780271025032
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 513 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"[a] patient, scholarly, widely informative, and imaginatively stimulating book."

--R.W. (Herbie) Butterfield, Modern Language Review


[a] patient, scholarly, widely informative, and imaginatively stimulating book.

R.W. (Herbie) Butterfield, Modern Language Review"


[a] patient, scholarly, widely informative, and imaginatively stimulating book.

R.W. (Herbie) Butterfield, Modern Language Review

"

"[a] patient, scholarly, widely informative, and imaginatively stimulating book."

--R.W. (Herbie) Butterfield, Modern Language Review

You may also be interested in...

Hemingway's Boat
Added to basket
How Proust Can Change Your Life
Added to basket
On Writing
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
Moby Dick
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
How to Live
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
The Idiot
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Storyteller
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
A Moveable Feast
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.49
Paperback
A Rose For Winter
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Nicholas Nickleby
Added to basket
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Added to basket
Goldeneye
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
Wide Sargasso Sea
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Late Victorian Gothic Tales
Added to basket
Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter
Added to basket
Ammonites and Leaping Fish
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.