Vernacular Eloquence

Developing the political implications behind Elbow's previous books, Vernacular Eloquence makes a compelling case that strengthening writing and democratizing it go hand in hand.

Author: Peter Elbow

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199912896

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Since the publication of his groundbreaking books Writing Without Teachers and Writing with Power, Peter Elbow has revolutionized how people think about writing. Now, in Vernacular Eloquence, he makes a vital new contribution to both practice and theory. The core idea is simple: we can enlist virtues from the language activity most people find easiest-speaking-for the language activity most people find hardest-writing. Speech, with its spontaneity, naturalness of expression, and fluidity of thought, has many overlooked linguistic and rhetorical merits. Through several easy to employ techniques, writers can marshal this "wisdom of the tongue" to produce stronger, clearer, more natural writing. This simple idea, it turns out, has deep repercussions. Our culture of literacy, Elbow argues, functions as though it were a plot against the spoken voice, the human body, vernacular language, and those without privilege-making it harder than necessary to write with comfort or power. Giving speech a central role in writing overturns many empty preconceptions. It causes readers to think critically about the relationship between speech, writing, and our notion of literacy. Developing the political implications behind Elbow's previous books, Vernacular Eloquence makes a compelling case that strengthening writing and democratizing it go hand in hand.

Vernacular Eloquence

the human body, vernacular language, and those without privilege. That is, our
pervasive cultural ... So my title, Vernacular Eloquence, is the most accurate way
to translate De Vulgari Eloquentia. Notice, by the way, how a word that used to ...

Author: Peter Elbow

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 9780199782505

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 442

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A writing guide for the twenty-first century, Vernacular Eloquence explores how the variety of ways the spoken word can enhance the written word, drawing on examples from blogs, email, and other recent trends.

Outlaw Rhetoric

Writers of these guides drew upon classical training as they translated Greek and Latin figures of speech into an everyday English that could serve the ends of literary and national invention.

Author: Jenny C. Mann

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801464577

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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A central feature of English Renaissance humanism was its reverence for classical Latin as the one true form of eloquent expression. Yet sixteenth-century writers increasingly came to believe that England needed an equally distinguished vernacular language to serve its burgeoning national community. Thus, one of the main cultural projects of Renaissance rhetoricians was that of producing a "common" vernacular eloquence, mindful of its classical origins yet self-consciously English in character. The process of vernacularization began during Henry VIII’s reign and continued, with fits and starts, late into the seventeenth century. In Outlaw Rhetoric, Jenny C. Mann examines the substantial and largely unexplored archive of vernacular rhetorical guides produced in England between 1500 and 1700. Writers of these guides drew upon classical training as they translated Greek and Latin figures of speech into an everyday English that could serve the ends of literary and national invention. In the process, however, they confronted aspects of rhetoric that run counter to its civilizing impulse. For instance, Mann finds repeated references to Robin Hood, indicating an ongoing concern that vernacular rhetoric is "outlaw" to the classical tradition because it is common, popular, and ephemeral. As this book shows, however, such allusions hint at a growing acceptance of the nonclassical along with a new esteem for literary production that can be identified as native to England. Working across a range of genres, Mann demonstrates the effects of this tension between classical rhetoric and English outlawry in works by Spenser, Shakespeare, Sidney, Jonson, and Cavendish. In so doing she reveals the political stakes of the vernacular rhetorical project in the age of Shakespeare.

Dante and the quest for Eloquence in India s Vernacular Languages

He declares their speech to be “ the ugliest of all the vernaculars , " unworthy of
even a moment ' s consideration in the search for vernacular eloquence . ( [ 1 ] 17
- 18 ) If the ancient capital of imperial Rome had become the national capital of a
 ...

Author: Anne Paolucci

Publisher: Council on National Literature

ISBN: UOM:39015028632779

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 75

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Vernacular Eloquence

Now, in Vernacular Eloquence, he makes a vital new contribution to both practice and theory.

Author: Peter Elbow

Publisher:

ISBN: 0190252863

Category: Language and languages

Page: 442

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Peter Elbow examines the role of the spoken word in writing. He begins by questioning the basic cultural assumption that speaking and writing are two very different, incompatible modes of expression, and that we should keep them separate. The book explores the many linguistic and rhetorical virtues of speech - spontaneity, naturalness of expression, fluidity of thought - to show that many of these virtues can usefully be brought to writing

Troubadours and Eloquence

INTRODUCTION DANTE praised the troubadours for their eloquence . He called
them the first ' vulgares eloquentes ' , the ' antiquiores doctores ' of the vernacular
. What was their eloquentia ? Dante placed it within the tradition of medieval ...

Author: Linda M. Paterson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105036156524

Category: Music

Page: 244

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Yale Italian Studies

But when he seeks a vernacular eloquence that will employ the English spoken
and written by Italians in America , he faces a great task , in some ways more
complex even than the one which confronted Dante . For the American Italian
seeks ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B3762543

Category: Italy

Page:

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Italian Renaissance Studies

Simultane , ously , however , with this consecration of the vernacular , and from
the time of Dante himself , there had begun that humanist revival which was to
restore both the knowledge of classical antiquity and the purity of its eloquence ...

Author: Ernest Fraser Jacob

Publisher:

ISBN: UCBK:C021796134

Category: Italy

Page: 507

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The Flowering of Mysticism

The second qualification against making too simple a contrast between Latin and
the vernacular is that vernacular theological texts that were found ... 102 In his
treatise On Vernacular Eloquence ( De vulgari eloquentia ) , on the other hand ...

Author: Bernard McGinn

Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company

ISBN: UOM:39076002309412

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 526

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The foundations of mysticism series.

Petrarch

Of him it was that Dante said in his treatise on vernacular eloquence that “ those
who have most sweetly and nobly written poems in modern Italian are Cino da
Pistoia and a friend of his " —the friend being Dante himself . The canzone Cino ...

Author: Henry Reeve

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044082284811

Category:

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Renaissance Et R forme

... sporadic attention of a classical scholar occasionally distracted by vernacular
concerns : “ Depuis six ans ( ô peuple ... more than an abstraction , the orator is
cast in a contemporary mold , speaking and writing a vernacular eloquence .

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B3454936

Category: Reformation

Page:

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Boccaccio s Human Mythology

Boccaccio's continual defense of the vernacular and his devotion to Dante
throughout his career spoke for a poetry that ... over the role of the vernacular in
Humanist culture.90 890 " palm of vernacular eloquence ; " " without penetrating
their ...

Author: David Lummus

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105210232216

Category:

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Dialogues in Art History from Mesopotamian to Modern

The linguistic model offers a point of entry into a much larger cultural question ,
the stakes of which were vividly described by Maria Rosa Menocal in her
analysis of Dante's distinction between vernacular eloquence and Latin grammar
: Martini ...

Author: Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (U.S.)

Publisher: Ngw-Stud Hist Art

ISBN: UOM:39015080690038

Category: Art

Page: 424

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Proceedings of the symposium "Dialogues in art history" organized by the Center for Advanced study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art and sponsored by the Paul Mellon Fund. The symposium was held April 21-22, 2005, in Washington, D.C.

Hungarian Literature

( I , ix , 4-7 ) In the words just quoted , Dante was by no means exaggerating his
preparation for the kind of manual on vernacular eloquence he was undertaking
to write . He had in fact met scores of students , poets , princes , and even
reigning ...

Author: Enikő M. Basa

Publisher: Council on National Literature

ISBN: 0918680352

Category: Hungarian literature

Page: 190

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The Origins and Development of English Discourse

... would energise English vernacular eloquence beyond the limitations
formalised in Europe for Papal and political bureaucracy reducing rhetoric to an '
ars dictaminis ' . Constrained thus to theories of ornamentation within the
epistolary ...

Author: Jeremy Shaw

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105113418284

Category: English language

Page:

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The Genius of Italy

The masses of the people could be moved only by vernacular eloquence . No
example of this early popular oratory has been preserved among the many high -
flown Latin speeches handed down in medieval chronicles . But we do know that
 ...

Author: Leonardo Olschki

Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press

ISBN: UOM:39015009286488

Category: Italy

Page: 481

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Henry Paolucci

A truer parallel for what happened to the Bengali vernacular from the time of
Carey to that of Tagore is to be sought , rather ... cultural centers of relatively
equal status which Dante so ably surveys for us in his treatise on vernacular
eloquence .

Author: Walter Bagehot Council

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105025110557

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 314

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Petrarch Dante

... subjected the latter ' s work . 75 His “ explanation " of his own attitude , on the
other hand , opens the way for the attribution of two poetic crowns : one the “
palm for vernacular eloquence ” earned by a great endeavor addressed to a
popular ...

Author: Zygmunt G. Barański

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015080843207

Category: Literary Criticism

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Since the beginnings of Italian vernacular literature, the nature of the relationship between Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374) and his predecessor Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) has remained an open and endlessly fascinating question of both literary and cultural history. In this volume nine leading scholars of Italian medieval literature and culture address this question involving the two foundational figures of Italian literature. Through their collective reexamination of the question of who and what came between Petrarch and Dante in ideological, historiographical, and rhetorical terms, the authors explore the emergence of an anti-Dantean polemic in Petrarch's work. That stance has largely escaped scrutiny, thanks to a critical tradition that tends to minimize any suggestion of rivalry or incompatibility between them. The authors examine Petrarch's contentious and dismissive attitude toward the literary authority of his illustrious predecessor; the dramatic shift in theological and philosophical context that occurs from Dante to Petrarch; and their respective contributions as initiators of modern literary traditions in the vernacular. Petrarch's substantive ideological dissent from Dante clearly emerges, a dissent that casts in high relief the poets' radically divergent views of the relation between the human and the divine and of humans' capacity to bridge that gap. "An absolute A-list of contributors here considers all that falls, all forms of regard and disregard, between two of the great poets and cultural legislators of the western world. Timely, original, and highly recommended." --David Wallace, Judith Rodin Professor, University of Pennsylvania "A collection of sparkling essays exploring Petrarch's efforts to conceal his enormous debt to Dante while seeking to replace Dante's authority with his own. I found it hard to stop reading." --Ronald Witt, Duke University "Petrarch and Dante is a magnificent volume of uniformly superb essays. Instead of surveying Petrarch's variety or his influence upon later culture, the authors have ingeniously focused on shifting relationships with the poet's most formidable Italian predecessor, Dante; in so doing, they have produced scholarship that teases out the issues with great subtlety and nuance." --William J. Kennedy, Cornell University

Religion Law and Learning in Classical Islam

The question arises, why then did the humanists of the Italian Renaissance insist
on eloquence in classical Latin? Why were they not swayed by the strong plea
which Dante made for vernacular eloquence in his De Vulgari Eloquential Why ...

Author: George Makdisi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: IND:30000022301885

Category: Religion

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Compilation of articles previously published in journals.