In Defence of Rhetoric - Clarendon Paperbacks (Paperback)
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In Defence of Rhetoric - Clarendon Paperbacks (Paperback)

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Paperback 516 Pages / Published: 24/08/1989
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Setting out to reinstate rhetoric, this book opens with an overview of the rhetorical system as developed in classical times. In Defence of Rhetoric surveys and analyses material from Aristotle to Plato through the Renaissance to the modern novel and the critical theories of Roman Jakobson and Paul de Man.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198117919
Number of pages: 516
Weight: 671 g
Dimensions: 217 x 137 x 28 mm


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'One of Vickers's great accomplishments is that, with an erudition as deep as his touch is light, he shows the central role rhetoric has actually played in Western culture ... Vickers's book is also a triumph of formal exposition. It contains a remarkably lucid account of the three genres of oratory ... It also includes the best and clearest discussion of the rhetorical tropes and figures of which I am aware. It is full of excellent examples of various devices, and it provides a magnificent instance of formal rhetorical criticism in its analysis of the use of the figures and tropes in the "Aeolus" episode in Joyce's Ulysses.' Times Literary Supplement
'Professor Vickers is concerned not only to defend rhetoric but also to recount its history. He traces its recovery in the Renaissance in fascinating detail ... Brian Vickers presents a traditionally conceived, squarely intellectual case ... the general character of his method is clear ... His defence of rhetoric is itself not rhetorical but rational.' The London Review of Books
'It counts as a great virtue of Brian Vicker's In Defence of Rhetoric that he succeeds in charting the moving borders of rhetoric with magisterial simplicity, and in such a way as to uncover the fundamental issues of its relation to dialectic ... This is a powerful study; surely one of the most significant and interesting general studies of rhetoric ever produced.' Alastair Fowler, Times Higher Education Supplement
'Brian Vicker's book about rhetoric is itself a magnificent example of one of the three traditional rhetorical kinds, the judicial ... He is properly eloquent and energetic in rhetoric's defence' The English Association
'Vickers not only covers the span of Western thought, not only teaches about a neglected subject, but also actually trains us to see rhetoric at work and enjoy it ... It awakens in one a hunger for shaped speech, for eloquence.' Christian Science Monitor
'V. has written a book which may well become a standard text for students of the Classical Tradition' S. Usher, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London. Classical Review
'subtle both in style and in the content of its argument' Modern Law Review, Vol 53 No 4 July '90
'This is a rich, stimulating, and absorbing book. The book is beautifully printed.' B.D.H. Miller, Brasenose College, Review of English Studies, Vol. 44, May 1993

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