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ISBN10: 0521624320 ISBN13: 9780521624329 DDC: 828/.50809 LCC: PR769 Edition: (hardback)


Includes bibliographical references (p. 239-267) and index. 1. The ordering of English. Hypotheses, contexts. Approaches. Cultural insecurity in the early eighteenth century. Cultural complacency in the later eighteenth century -- 2. Literacy and politeness: the gentrification of English prose. Early eighteenth-century prose. Late eighteenth-century prose. Orality and writtenness. Microscope and telescope -- 3. Testing the model. Defoe and Paine. Pope and Wordsworth. Astell and Wollstonecraft. Jonathan Swift. Edmund Burke. Shaftesbury -- 4. Loose and periodic sentences. What makes a sentence periodic? The domains of periodicity. Defoe and the syntax of accumulation. Joseph Addison -- 5. Lofty language and low. James Boswell. Decorum and genre and Boswell's Life. A map of high and low: Arbuthnot and others -- 6. Nominal and oral styles: Johnson and Richardson. More and less in orality and writtenness. Writtenness and orality in Johnson's prose. Samuel Richardson: the uses of indirection -- 7. The New Rhetoric of 1748 to 1793. What is rhetoric? What was rhetoric in the eighteenth century? The New Rhetoric of 1748 to 1793. Civilization as a cultural value -- 8. The instruments of literacy. Grammars. Review magazines. Dictionaries (and encyclopedias) -- 9. Politeness; feminization. The feminization of culture. "My Fair Lady": Pamela and ladies of the stage. Politeness in the dictionaries. Politeness as a universal in language -- 10. Style and rhetoric. Style as a mode of understanding. A rhetorical frame. Style-studies and cultural history -- Epilogue: language change.


  • LCC: PR769
  • Dewey Decimal: 828/.50809

Book Details

  • Language: eng
  • Physical Description: xi, 276 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Edition Info: (hardback)


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