With what Persuasion

With what Persuasion

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Although there are a number of book-length studies of rhetoric in Shakespeare's plays, qWith What Persuasionq discerns a distinctly Shakespearean ethics of the art of rhetoric in them. In this interdisciplinary book, Scott F. Crider draws upon the Aristotelian traditions of poetics, rhetoric, and ethics to show how Shakespeare addresses fundamental ethical questions that arise during the public and private rhetorical situations Shakespeare represents in his plays. Informed by the Greek, Roman, and English poetic and rhetorical traditions, qWith What Persuasionq offers close readings of a selection of plays - qHamlet, q qJulius Caesar, q qHenry the 5th, q qAll's Well That Ends Well, q qOthello, q qMeasure for Measure, q and qThe Winter's Taleq - to answer universal questions about human speech and association, answers that refute a number of contemporary literary and rhetorical theory's assumptions about language and power. Crider argues that this Shakespearean ethics could assist us in our own historical moment as we in the liberal, multicultural West try to refound, without coercion, ethical principles to bind us to one another.An Essay on Shakespeare and the Ethics of Rhetoric Scott Forrest Crider ... too some speeches cause sorrow, some cause fear, some give the hearers confidence, some drug and bewitch the mind [ten psukhen] with an evil persuasionaquot; (14).

Title:With what Persuasion
Author:Scott Forrest Crider
Publisher:Peter Lang - 2009


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