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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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Index Abrams, M.H. 33, 34 aesthetes 2, 4, 23, 57, 63, 76–80, 82, 99– 102, 114–116 aestheticism 35, 54, 76, 79–80, 92, 97, 102, 105, 119 agnosticism 65, 69, 71, 79, 81, 107 Anglican audience 41, 81, 88 appeals, rhetorical 12, 16, 19–20, 23–24, 60, 86 Aquinas, St. Thomas 15, 59, 107, 109 argument 5, 12, 16, 18, 52–54 aristocracy 29, 49, 51, 66–67, 86 Aristotelian 2, 103, 107, 110–112, 115– 116 Aristotle 15–18, 103, 109–110 Arnold, Matthew 11, 13, 18, 36, 62, 89, 92–93, 114–115, 119 “art for art’s sake” 100 asceticism 83, 108 assumptions 8–9, 53–54, 73, 89, 100, 114 Athenian virtues 104, 109 Auden, W. H. 8, 120 audience 15–6 Chesterton’s 1, 4, 9, 12, 17–19, 23– 29, 31–34, 55–56, 60, 81, 86, 90 Quiller-Couch’s 37–39, 41 Oser’s 117, 119 Santayana’s 42–45 Augustine, St. 15 Austen, Jane 43, 110–113 Emma 111–113 Beardsley, Aubrey 76 Beerbohm, Max 36, 60 Belloc, Hilaire 11, 21 note 1, 25 Bergonzi, Bernard 13 note 1, 25 bias 9, 101–102 biographies, Chesterton’s literary 2, 28, 30, 62–76, 85, 94 Blair, Hugh 18—19 Blake, William 1, 62–72, 76–77, 80–82, 85, 114, 118 “A Poison Tree” 55 “The Garden of Love” 66 Jerusalem 70 Bloom, Harold 114, 117–119 Boer War 51, 90 Bookman, The 26, 28, 30, 40, 62 Booth, Wayne 6, 96–99, 104–105,...

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