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Figuratively Speaking Rhetoric and Culture from Quintilian to the Twin Towers by Sarah Spence
  

Figuratively Speaking Rhetoric and Culture from Quintilian to the Twin Towers

Synopsis

Figuratively Speaking Rhetoric and Culture from Quintilian to the Twin Towers by Sarah Spence

Although rhetoric is a term often associated with lies, this book takes a polemical look at rhetoric as a purveyor of truth. Its purpose is to focus on one aspect of rhetoric, figurative speech, and to demonstrate how the treatment of figures of speech provides a common denominator among western cultures from Cicero to the present. The central idea is that, in the western tradition, figurative speech - using language to do more than name - provides the fundamental way for language to articulate concerns central to each cultural moment. In this study, Sarah Spence identifies the embedded tropes for four periods in Western culture: Roman antiquity, the High Middle Ages, the Age of Montaigne, and our present, post-9/11 moment. In so doing, she reasserts the fundamental importance of rhetoric, the art of speaking well.

About the Author

Sarah Spence is Professor of Classics at the University of Georgia.

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Book Info

Publication date

25th May 2007

Author

Sarah Spence

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Publisher

Bristol Classical Press an imprint of Duckworth Overlook

Format

Paperback
160 pages

Categories

Semantics, discourse analysis, etc

ISBN

9780715635131

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