By Hugh Blair
This re-creation of Hugh Blair’s Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, edited via Linda Ferreira-Buckley and S. Michael Halloran, solutions the necessity for a whole, trustworthy textual content. The ebook seeks to generate a renewed curiosity in Blair by way of upsetting new inquiries into the culture of belletristic rhetoric and through serving as either relief and incentive to others who might take part the venture of bettering realizing of this landmark rhetorical scholarship.
This edition contains forty-seven lectures and continues to be trustworthy to the textual content of the 1785 London variation. The editors contextualize Hugh Blair’s motivations and pondering through delivering of their creation a longer account of Blair’s existence and period. The bibliography of works via and approximately Blair is a useful reduction, surpassing past study on Blair.
Although the level of its effect can't be measured totally, Blair’s Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres was surely a first-rate automobile for introducing many eighteenth- and nineteenth-century students to classical rhetoric and French belletristic rhetoric—its good fortune due partly to the convenience with which the lectures mix neoclassical and Enlightenment proposal, accommodating rising social matters. Ferreira-Buckley and Halloran’s huge therapy revives the culture of belletristic rhetoric, bettering the knowledge of Blair’s position within the research of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century discourse, whereas discovering him suitable within the twenty-first century.
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