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Art of Eloquence: Byron, Dickens, Tennyson, Joyce Matthew Bevis

Art of Eloquence: Byron, Dickens, Tennyson, Joyce

Matthew Bevis

Published January 10th 2010
ISBN : 9781281164117
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302 pages
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 About the Book 

In the course of these fifty years we have become a nation of public speakers. Everyone speaks now. We are now more than ever a debating, that is, a Parliamentary people (The Times, 1873). The Art of Eloquence considers how Byron, Dickens, Tennyson,MoreIn the course of these fifty years we have become a nation of public speakers. Everyone speaks now. We are now more than ever a debating, that is, a Parliamentary people (The Times, 1873). The Art of Eloquence considers how Byron, Dickens, Tennyson, and Joyce responded to this Parliamentary people, and examines the ways in which they and their publics conceived the relations between political speech and literary endeavour. Drawing on a wide range of sources - classical rhetoric, Hansard, newspaper reports, elocutionary manuals, treatises on crowd theory - this book argues that oratorical procedures and languages were formative influences on literary culture from Romanticism to Modernism. Matthew Bevis focuses attention on how the four writers negotiated contending political demands in and through their work, and on how they sought to cultivate forms of literary detachment that could gain critical purchase on political arguments.