Applying Oneself to the Capacity of the Unlearned

Antoinina Bevan Zlatar

in Reformation Fictions

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199604692
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729430 | DOI:
Applying Oneself to the Capacity of the Unlearned

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This concluding chapter provides an overview of the polemical dialogue's popularizing techniques, and the light these shed on the profile of the ‘unlearned’ reader, so frequently invoked in the titles and prefatory letters. The dialogists’ primary target would seem to be school not university educated readers, yet evidence suggests that these polemical pieces reached a much wider readership. This chapter envisages these bold little books read or heard by men and women ranging from courtiers to ploughmen.

Keywords: popularizing polemical techniques; repetitio; Biblicism; antithetical characterization; satire; the unlearned reader

Chapter.  2415 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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