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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This ambivalence typically takes two forms : first , the disinclination to regard
works of literature as the necessary or constitutive object of literary criticism , and
second , an even stronger aversion to a way of talking about literature in which
We hear bits of talk from an unnamed woman about Lil and her husband Albert ,
her bad teeth , her abortion , Albert ' s return from the war , the dinner of
celebration . Then it ' s time to go : Goonight Bill . Goonight Lou . Goonight May .
It hardly matters , because after the first sentence in the problem he gives up
talking astronomy and changes over to Venus as goddess of love and Mercury as
god of eloquence . He ' s really talking about sex , marriage , and other forms of ...
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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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