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The Rhetoric of Redemption

Chesterton, Ethical Criticism, and the Common Man

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Alan R. Blackstock

The Rhetoric of Redemption: Chesterton, Ethical Criticism, and the Common Man examines the literary criticism written by G. K. Chesterton between 1902 and 1913 from a rhetorical standpoint to ascertain whether Chesterton did in fact create the «criticism for the common man» he aimed for. To answer this question, this book explores the relationships among writers, readers, books, and critics both during the time Chesterton first began writing and in the context of rhetorical and critical tradition from Plato to the present day. Ultimately, this book argues that Chesterton's unorthodox approach to literature, while still dismissed by the academic establishment, raises fundamental questions about the nature and function of literature and criticism that need to be raised anew in every generation and especially in the wake of each new critical episteme.
The Rhetoric of Redemption is extremely useful for both scholars and students of literary criticism and Chesterton enthusiasts who are interested in his approach to literature. This book would also be a valuable resource for courses in nineteenth-century British literature, literary criticism, and rhetorical analysis.

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Works Cited Primary Sources Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens. London and New York: J. M. Dent and E. P. Dutton, 1911. Rpt. in Vol. 15 of The Collected Works of G. K. Chesterton. 219-411. The Autobiography of G. K. Chesterton. New York: Sheed and Ward, 1936. Rpt. in Vol. 16 of The Collected Works of G. K. Chesterton. Charles Dickens. London: Methuen, 1906. Rpt. in Vol. 15 of The Collected Works of G. K. Chesterton 219-411. The Collected Works of G. K. Chesterton. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1989. 40 vols. to date. 1986-. Come to Think of It. London: Macmillan, 1932. George Bernard Shaw. Chesterton’s Biographies. Thirsk, North Yorkshire, UK: House of Stratus, 2001. A Handful of Authors: Essays on Books and Criticism. Ed. Dorothy Collins. New York: Sheed and Ward, 1953. Heretics. London: The Bodley Head, 1905. Rpt. in Vol. 1 of The Collected Works of G. K. Chesterton 39-207. “John Ruskin.” The Book Fair. 1908. Rpt. in A Handful of Authors 147-156. “On Books.” Morning Post. 1906. Rpt. in G. K. Chesterton: A Bibliography. Vol. 1. London: U of London P, 1958. 17-20. 2 vols. “On Essays.” Come to Think of It 1-5. “On Preaching.” Come to Think of It 120-25. “On Reading.” The Common Man. New York: Sheed & Ward, 1950. 22-24. Orthodoxy. London: The Bodley Head, 1908. Rpt. in Vol. 1 of The Collected Works of G. K. Chesterton 211-366. Robert Browning. New York: Hard Press, 2006. “The Style of Newman.” The Spectator....

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