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By Hugh Blair

This new version of Hugh Blair’s Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres, edited via Linda Ferreira-Buckley and S. Michael Halloran, solutions the necessity for a whole, trustworthy textual content. The ebook seeks to generate a renewed curiosity in Blair by way of scary new inquiries into the culture of belletristic rhetoric and through serving as either relief and incentive to others who could take part the undertaking of enhancing figuring out of this landmark rhetorical scholarship.


This edition contains forty-seven lectures and continues to be devoted to the textual content of the 1785 London version. The editors contextualize Hugh Blair’s motivations and pondering by means of delivering of their creation a longer account of Blair’s existence and period. The bibliography of works via and approximately Blair is a useful reduction, surpassing past study on Blair. 


Although the level of its impression can't be measured totally, Blair’s Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres was unquestionably a prime motor vehicle for introducing many eighteenth- and nineteenth-century students to classical rhetoric and French belletristic rhetoric—its good fortune due partially to the convenience with which the lectures mix neoclassical and Enlightenment proposal, accommodating rising social matters. Ferreira-Buckley and Halloran’s broad therapy revives the culture of belletristic rhetoric, enhancing the certainty of Blair’s position within the research of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century discourse, whereas discovering him appropriate within the twenty-first century.

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