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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Just as the pensiveness of a face signals that this head is heavy with unspoken
language , so the ( classic ) text inscribes within its system of signs the signature
of its plenitude : like the face , the text becomes expressive ( let us say that it ...
Barthes ascribes this sense to a face , the face of a person in thought . Gadamer
ascribes it to the language spoken or written , a resource that can ' t always be
brought to the state of performance . Barthes ' s sense of face consorts with self ...
Benjamin writes : Whereas in the symbol destruction is idealized and the
transfigured face of nature is fleetingly revealed in the light of redemption , in
allegory the observer is confronted with the facies hippocratica of history as a
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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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