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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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Emmanuel Bury is Professor of French Literature at the Institut d’Études Culturelles (IEC) at the Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ). His work, originally on the study of the reception of ancient culture in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, has focused on the translation of ancient writers into French (‘Belles Infidèles’), classical rheto- ric in the early modern period, and the ‘honnête homme’. He is currently working on the history of scholarly networks in modern Europe and on the history of philology. Philip Ford is Professor of French and Neo-Latin Literature at Cambridge, with a special interest in the classical tradition in Renaissance literature, and in the relationship between humanism and writing and between ver- nacular and Latin texts. His latest book, to be published by Brill, explores language choice in sixteenth-century France. Emma Gilby is University Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. Her publications include Sublime Worlds: Early Modern French Literature (MHRA [Legenda], 2006) and an edition of Longinus, De la sublimité du discours (L’Act-Mem, 2007). Nicholas Hammond is Reader in French at the University of Cambridge. His most recent books are Gossip, Sexuality and Scandal in France (1610– 1715) (Peter Lang, 2011) and, as co-editor, The Cambridge History of French Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2011). His edition of Saint-Pavin’s Poésies (Classiques Garnier) will appear soon. Michael Hawcroft is Fellow and Tutor in French at Keble College, Oxford. He works on seventeenth-century French theatre and on rhetoric. His most recent...

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