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Community of Mind: Quotation and Persuasion

Christopher Reid

in Imprison'd Wranglers

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199581092
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745621 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199581092.003.0009
Community of Mind: Quotation and Persuasion

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This chapter discusses the practice of quotation in the eighteenth-century House, against a background of shifting opinions about the usefulness of commonplaces and conflicting views about quotation's value and prestige. With reference to the thinking of contemporary commentators such as James Boswell and Samuel Johnson, it assesses the extent to which quotation helped the House to maintain its cultural identity and difference from the world outside. As well as looking closely at evidence of the extent of quotation (especially from the classical heritage) in parliamentary speeches, the chapter makes reference to a wide range of theories of quotation. It shows how speakers used quotation as a means of appealing to the passions of the House (pathos) and of achieving distinction in debate.

Keywords: quotation; commonplaces; commonplace books; classical heritage; rhetorical distinction; passions; pathos

Chapter.  14731 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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