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The art of eloquence: Byron, Dickens, Tennyson, Joyce

The art of eloquence: Byron, Dickens, Tennyson, Joyce

Bevis, Matthew

Bevis considers how Byron, Dickens, Tennyson, and Joyce, and their publics, conceived the relations between public speaking and literary expression. By drawing upon a wide range of sources he argues that oratorical procedures and languages were formative influences on literary culture from Romanticism to Modernism. '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). The Art of Eloquence 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, treatises on crowd theory - this book argues that oratorical procedures and languages were formative influences on literary culture from Romanticism to Modernism. Matthew Bevis focuses attention on how the four writers negotiated contending political demands in and through their work, and on how they sought to cultivate forms of literary detachment that could gain critical purchase on political arguments. Providing a close reading of the relations between printed words and public voices as well as a broader engagement with debates about the socio-political inflections of the aesthetic realm, this is a major study of how styles of writing can explore and embody forms of responsible political conduct

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Published Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010
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Statement of responsibility: Matthew Bevis
ISBN: 0191531154, 9780191531156
Note: Originally published: 2007.
Physical Description: 320 p.
Subject: Oratory in literature.; Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron, 1809-1892 Criticism and interpretation.; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824 Criticism and interpretation.; Ireland; Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900; Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000; Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 Criticism and interpretation.; Joyce, James, 1882-1941 Criticism and interpretation.; Semantics, discourse analysis, stylistics; English literature 20th century History and criticism.; Literature: history & criticism; Literature.; English literature 19th century History and criticism.; English
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780199593224