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Oratory in Action - Michael Edwards

Oratory in Action

By: Michael Edwards (Editor), Christopher Reid (Editor)

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Published: 1st May 2004
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This book examines the power and possibilities of public speaking, ranging from the oratory of the Athenian law courts to the political oratory of New Labour. A distinctive feature of the book is its conception of the orator as a performer and practitioner, and of oratory itself as a form of action. Historically, the power of eloquence to rouse and influence an audience made the orator a controversial figure whose rhetorical skills provoked suspicion and awe in almost equal measure. These essays show how orators exploit those skills in their attempts to shape the external world of opinion and fact. They also show how the speech itself may be considered as a linguistic event or "way of happening" which seeks to bind the orator and the audience in prized moments of connection.

Introduction
The Birth of the Law-Court
Putting Ancient and Modern Forensic Rhetoric in Its Place
Creating Responsibility: Assigning Blame for the Thirty
Kairos in Fourth-Century Greek Oratory
Practical Advocacy in Roman Egypt
Transformation of the City: John Chrysostom's Oratory in the Homiletic Form
The Morning (Post) After
The Vertiginous Career of Rhetoric in Coleridge's 'Fears in Solitude'
Pronouncing Sentence on Medical Murderers in the Nineteenth Century
F.E. Smith's Maiden Speech
Margaret Thatcher and the Gendering of Political Oratory
Video Cicero
Glossary
Index
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ISBN: 9780719062810
ISBN-10: 0719062810
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.29