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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

Part of the Classical Inter/Faces Series

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 Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Format

Paperback
160 pages

Categories

Semantics, discourse analysis, etc

ISBN

9780715635131

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