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Rhetoric: Readings in French Literature

Michael Hawcroft


Rhetoric is the art of persuasion, whether spoken or written. The first chapter of this book sets out its principles providing an easily-consulted outline of key terms and a wide range of illustrative examples. Subsequent chapters explore rhetoric at work in different genres, via close reading of texts which range from the drama of Moliere, Racine, and Beckett; Montaigne, Sevigne, and Gide on the self; the prose fiction of Laclos, Zola, and Sarraute; poetry by DʼAubigne, Baudelaire, and Cesaire; and the oratory of de Gaulle and Yourcenar. Rhetorical analysis uncovers subtleties and complexitie ... More

Keywords: rhetoric, persuasion, the self, rhetorical analysis, communication, French texts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198159841
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159841.001.0001


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Michael Hawcroft, author
Keble College, Oxford
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