Yale University Press, 2008 - 199 páginas
On Eloquence questions the common assumption that eloquence is merely a subset of rhetoric, a means toward a rhetorical end. Denis Donoghue, an eminent and prolific critic of the English language, holds that this assumption is erroneous. While rhetoric is the use of language to persuade people to do one thing rather than another, Donoghue maintains that eloquence is “gratuitous, ideally autonomous, in speech and writing an upsurge of creative vitality for its own sake.” He offers many instances of eloquence in words, and suggests the forms our appreciation of them should take.
Donoghue argues persuasively that eloquence matters, that we should indeed care about it. “Because we should care about any instances of freedom, independence, creative force, sprezzatura,” he says, “especially when we live—perhaps this is increasingly the case—in a culture of the same, featuring official attitudes, stereotypes of the officially enforced values, sedated language, a politics of pacification.” A noteworthy addition to Donoghue’s long-term project to reclaim a disinterested appreciation of literature as literature, this volume is a wise and pleasurable meditation on eloquence, its unique ability to move or give pleasure, and its intrinsic value.
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But with Coleridge and Wordsworth in our minds , we were not prepared to find in
literature and literary criticism a site of trouble , such as that described by John
Guillory three or four years ago : I do agree that literary criticism is a curiously ...
trouble is directly related to the ambivalence that academic literary critics seem to
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6 . Dante , “ Letter X to Can Grande de la Scala , ” trans . Robert S . Haller in
Literary Criticism of Dante Alighieri ( Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press ,
1973 ) , 110 . ( The authenticity of this letter is still in dispute . ) 7 . Hilary of
Poitiers , De ...
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Donoghue (English, NYU; Speaking of Beauty) has fashioned a well-written and engaging exploration of eloquence in literature. He defines eloquence and the role it plays in culture as follows: "The ... Leer comentario completo
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