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A History of Renaissance Rhetoric 1380-1620

Peter Mack


This book provides a history of renaissance rhetoric. Rhetoric, training in writing and delivering speeches, was a fundamental part of renaissance culture and education. It is concerned with a wide range of issues, connected with style, argument, self-presentation, the arousal of emotion, voice, and gesture. More than 3,500 works on rhetoric were published in a total of over 15,000 editions between 1460 and 1700. The renaissance was a great age of innovation in rhetorical theory. This book shows how renaissance scholars recovered and circulated classical rhetoric texts, how they absorbed new d ... More

Keywords: renaissance, rhetoric, speeches, argument, self-presentation, emotion, voice, gesture, rhetorical theory, letter-writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199597284
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199597284.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Mack, author
Director of the Warburg Institute, University of London; Professor of English, University of Warwick