Rhetoric: Readings in French Literature

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Rhetoric is the art of persuasion, whether spoken or written. In the first chapter of Rhetoric: Readings in French Literature, Michael Hawcroft sets out its principles comprehensively and lucidly, providing an easily-consulted outline of key terms and a wide range of illustrative examples. Subsequent chapters explore rhetoric at work in different genres, via close reading of texts which range from the drama of Moli�re, Racine, and Beckett; Montaigne, S�vign�, and Gide on the self; the prose fiction of Laclos, Zola, and Sarraute; poetry by D'Aubign�, Baudelaire, and C�saire; and the oratory of de Gaulle and Yourcenar. Rhetorical analysis uncovers subtleties and complexities in texts which emerge as exciting dramas of communication. This is at once a handbook of rhetoric and a guide to its application to French texts from the sixteenth century to the present.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION I
1
A PRACTICAL GUIDE
10
ORATORY
46
DRAMA
79
PROSE FICTION
120
POETRY
164
THE SELF
204
Mme de Svigns
221
Gides Si le grain ne meurt
234
CONCLUSION
245
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
253
INDEX OF RHETORICAL TERMS
263
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Michael Hawcroft is at Keble College, Oxford.

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