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The Art of Eloquence
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The Art of Eloquence: Byron, Dickens, Tennyson, Joyce

Matthew Bevis

Abstract

‘In the course of these fifty years we have become a nation of public speakers. Everyone speaks now. We are now more than ever a debating, that is, a Parliamentary people’ (The Times, 1873). This book considers how Byron, Dickens, Tennyson, and Joyce responded to this ‘Parliamentary people’, and examines the ways in which they and their publics conceived the relations between political speech and literary endeavour. Drawing on a wide range of sources — classical rhetoric, Hansard, newspaper reports, elocutionary manuals, and treatises on crowd theory — this book argues that oratorical procedur ... More

Keywords: rhetoric, political speech, aesthetics, public speaking, voice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199253999
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253999.001.0001

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Matthew Bevis, author
Lecturer in English Literature, University of York
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