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The supernatural as rhetorical focus in the three major poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," "Kubla Khan," and "Christabel" demonstrate his serious and imaginative use of the hackneyed motifs of the supernatural. The eerie, the exotic, the nocturnal, and ...
The diabolical game to win man's soul: a rhetorical and structural approach to "mankind"
Over the years scholars have been strident in their negative comments about Mankind, a medieval morality play. Among other things, the critics have argued that Mankind lacks a central organizing principle, boasts extraneous ...
The heart of Elizabeth Gaskell: the unitarian spirit
Mrs. Gaskell's writing, particularly the novels, received renewed attention and appreciation after 1950 after a prolonged period of neglect following her death. Modern critical interest ranges from a focus on Mrs. Gaskell's ...
Oliver Cromwell and Charles II in the epideictic poetry of Andrew Marvell and John Dryden
The two leading satirists of the Restoration, John Dryden and Andrew Marvell, began their political careers in the service of Oliver Cromwell, but their perceptions of political heroism changed with the restoration of ...
"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass": A Menippean assessment and rhetorical analysis of Carroll's Alice books
Since Lewis Carroll published Alice in Wonderland in 1865 and Through the Looking-Glass in 1872, critics, psychologists, philosophers, and the general audience have sought to isolate and categorize his stylistic form. ...
The dialectical 'I': Invention and self in Robert Burton's "Anatomy of Melancholy"
This study explores Robert Burton's art of invention in the Anatomy of Melancholy and argues that the ethnocentric personality of the persona employs strategies of rhetorical invention in the Preface to the Anatomy in order ...