Artful Eloquence

Jean Lemaire de Belges and the Rhetorical Tradition

Artful Eloquence

184 pp., 6 x 9, notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-9217-6
    Published: January 1980

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Jenkins challenges the notion that Lemaire’s recourse to rhetoric was an artistic failure, arguing that rhetoric was actually his success. He demonstrates the importance of rhetoric in pre-Renaissance French literature, filling a crucial gap in previous scholarship. Jenkins provides an overview of rhetorical tradition and Lemair’s knowledge of it before performing an analysis of some of the rhetorical aspects of Lemaire’s writing.