Hyperboles: The Rhetoric of Excess in Baroque Literature and Thought - Harvard Studies in Comparative Literature (Hardback)Christopher D. Johnson (author)
Hardback 695 Pages / Published: 21/05/2010
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This book offers a detailed, comparatist defense of hyperbole in the Baroque period. Focusing on Spanish and Mexican lyric ("Gongora", "Quevedo", and "Sor Juana"), English drama ("King Lear" and translations of "Seneca"), and French philosophy ("Descartes" and "Pascal"), Christopher Johnson reads Baroque hyperbole as a sophisticated, often sublime, frequently satiric means of making sense of worlds and selves in crisis and transformation. Grounding his readings of hyperbole in the history of rhetoric and literary imitation, Johnson traces how rhetorical excess acquires specific cultural, political, aesthetic, and epistemological value. Hyperboles also engages more recent critiques of hyperbolic thought (Wittgenstein, Derrida, and Cavell), as it argues that hyperbole is the primary engine of a poetics and metaphysics of immanence.
Publisher: Department of Comparative Literature
Number of pages: 695
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
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