First published in 1971, this book provides a historical account of the fortunes of Rhetoric. Beginning with a study of classical rhetorical theory and practice, it goes on to explore the impact of rhetoric on English literature and the renunciation of rhetoric from the late 17th century. The book concludes with a survey of the ways in which rhetoric was revived and re-modelled in the 20th century and its bearings on the practice and theory of literary criticism.
This book will be of interest to those studying English literature and literary theory.
General Editor's Preface; Note; 1. Introduction: Some Modern Instances 2. Classical Theory 3. The Rules of Rhetoric 4. Rhetoric and Literature 5. The Renunciation of Rhetoric 6. Rhetoric Renewed; Bibliography; Index