A Rhetoric of Intimacy in Antiquity

Kathy Eden

in The Renaissance Rediscovery of Intimacy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780226184623
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226184647 | DOI:
A Rhetoric of Intimacy in Antiquity

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Rhetoric addresses a fundamental feature of letter writing that establishes the groundwork for later epistolary theory: writing itself. The chapter compares the oral and written styles of communication. Style and character are prominent elements of the arts of both poetry and rhetoric. Drawing a sharp distinction between two kinds of style that characterize three kinds of oratory, Aristotle bases these distinctions on the perspective of the audience, how near or far they are from the source of the discourse—the speaker or the written word—and therefore on how much detail they can take in. Aristotle lays the groundwork for a theory of style that will in time further the aim of the letter writer to express innermost thoughts and feelings.

Keywords: rhetoric; letter writing; communication; poetry; oratory

Chapter.  17192 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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