Genteel Rhetoric: Writing High Culture in Nineteenth-century Boston

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Univ of South Carolina Press, 1999 - 136 pages
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Situated in mid-nineteenth-century Boston culture, Genteel Rhetoric combines history and cultural studies to examine the shaping of nineteenth-century North American rhetoric and aesthetics. The practitioners of genteel rhetoric included many of the writers who belonged to the New England school: Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Russell Lowell, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Charles Eliot Norton, and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Harvard graduates and students of Edward T. Channing, Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory from 1819 to 1851, these men were also influenced by the Unitarian rhetoric of Channing's brother, William Ellery Channing, as well as by orators such as Edward Everett. They were part of a larger North American refinement movement - a movement interrupted by the Civil War.
 

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Contents

Teaching and Preaching Culture and Character
18
Authorizing High Culture Authorizing Self
44
Elevation and Degradation
78
Rhetoric and War
99
Works Cited
125
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