Playing Seriously in Renaissance Writing

Thomas Healy

in Renaissance Transformations

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638734
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651573 | DOI:
Playing Seriously in Renaissance Writing

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This chapter studies the dilemmas produced by the Renaissance's belief that eloquent language was the best medium to negotiate truth, despite the fact that it could also be used to deceive. It also suggests that Renaissance writing was deeply involved in a continuous unravelling of significance while avoiding conclusive expression. The chapter furthermore argues that the rhetorical strategy of ‘playing seriously’ was a technique used by writers to navigate a dualistic perception of language. It additionally looks at how texts operate in order to encourage readers to negotiate the artfulness of literature.

Keywords: eloquent language; Renaissance writing; conclusive expression; rhetorical strategy; dualistic perception

Chapter.  7484 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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