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Evocations of Eloquence

Rhetoric, Literature and Religion in Early Modern France - Essays in Honour of Peter Bayley


Edited By Nicholas Hammond and Michael Moriarty

This collection of essays by leading scholars from France, Great Britain and North America is published in honour of Peter Bayley, former Drapers Professor of French at the University of Cambridge and a leading scholar of early modern France. The volume reflects his scholarly interest in the interface between religion, rhetoric and literature in the period 1500–1800. The first three sections of the book are concerned with the early modern period. The contributors consider subjects including the eloquence of oration from the pulpit, the relationship between religion, culture and belief, and the role of theatre and ceremony during the seventeenth century. They engage with individuals such as the theologian Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, the dramatists Molière, Racine and Corneille, and the philosophers Bayle and Pascal. The volume concludes with a section that is concerned with critical influences and contexts from the sixteenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Throughout, the authors offer stimulating new perspectives on an age that never ceases to intrigue and fascinate.


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Nicholas Hammond and Michael Moriarty Introduction 1 Part I Eloquence of the Pulpit 7 John D. Lyons Bossuet and the Tragic 9 Anne Régent-Susini Religious Discourse and Legal Discourse in Seventeenth- Century France: The Example of Bossuet 25 Emma Gilby Having the Last Word: Authority in Bossuet’s Funeral Orations 37 Part II Religion, Culture and Belief 51 Henry Phillips Secular and Religious Cultures in Seventeenth-Century France 53 Richard Parish Chantons l’Auteur de la lumière,/ Jusqu’au jour où son ordre a marqué notre fin. Corneille and Racine: The Hymnes traduites du bréviaire romain 69 vi David Wetsel Self-Annihilation, Self-Hatred and Original Sin in Pascal’s Pensées 87 Michael Moriarty Pascal: The Wager and Problems of Order 99 Olivier Tonneau The Science of the Cross: The Jansenist Doctrine of Predestination and Their Pedagogy of Conversion 117 Edward James Pierre Bayle on Reason, ‘Sentiment’ and God 133 Richard Maber No Miracles Please, We’re English 147 Part III Theatre and Ceremony 161 Nicholas Hammond The Child’s Voice: Knowledge and Inexperience in Seventeenth-Century France 163 Michael Hawcroft Racine’s Rhetorical Questions 175 Noël Peacock The Gods from the Machine: Reconfiguring Retribution in Molière’s Dom Juan 195 vii John O’Brien Stilts; Or, a Not So Tall Story 211 Part IV Contexts and Intertexts 227 Philip Ford Of Lions, Bears and Pigs: Political Allegories of Homer in Renaissance France 229 Pierre Zoberman Topoi of (the) Renaissance in Seventeenth-Century France: The Ambiguity of the Reference to the Past 249 Emmanuel Bury Guez de...

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