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Description - Rhetoric and Courtliness in Early Modern Literature by Dr. Jennifer Richards

Rhetoric and Courtliness in Early Modern Literature explores the early modern interest in conversation as a newly identified art. Conversation was widely accepted to have been inspired by the republican philosopher Cicero. Recognizing his influence on courtesy literature - the main source for 'civil conversation' - Jennifer Richards uncovers alternative ways of thinking about humanism as a project of linguistic and social reform. She argues that humanists explored styles of conversation to reform the manner of association between male associates; teachers and students, buyers and sellers, and settlers and colonial others. They reconsidered the meaning of 'honesty' in social interchange in an attempt to represent the tension between self-interest and social duty. Richards explores the interest in civil conversation among mid-Tudor humanists, John Cheke, Thomas Smith and Roger Ascham, as well as their self-styled successors, Gabriel Harvey and Edmund Spenser.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521035712
ISBN-10: 0521035716
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 220
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Dr. Jennifer Richards

Jennifer Richards is Lecturer in English at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She is the editor, with James Knowles, of Shakespeare's Late Plays: New Readings (1999) and the author of articles in Renaissance Quarterly and Criticism.

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