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Imprison'd WranglersThe Rhetorical Culture of the House of Commons 1760-1800$
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Christopher Reid

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199581092

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199581092.001.0001

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Community of Mind: Quotation and Persuasion

Community of Mind: Quotation and Persuasion

(p.214) 9 Community of Mind: Quotation and Persuasion
Imprison'd Wranglers

Christopher Reid

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the practice of quotation in the eighteenth-century House, against a background of shifting opinions about the usefulness of commonplaces and conflicting views about quotation's value and prestige. With reference to the thinking of contemporary commentators such as James Boswell and Samuel Johnson, it assesses the extent to which quotation helped the House to maintain its cultural identity and difference from the world outside. As well as looking closely at evidence of the extent of quotation (especially from the classical heritage) in parliamentary speeches, the chapter makes reference to a wide range of theories of quotation. It shows how speakers used quotation as a means of appealing to the passions of the House (pathos) and of achieving distinction in debate.

Keywords:   quotation, commonplaces, commonplace books, classical heritage, rhetorical distinction, passions, pathos

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