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The mapping of rhetorical strategies related to persuasion in Middle English religious prose
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The mapping of rhetorical strategies related to persuasionin Middle English religious prose
Fumiko Yoshikawa, Hiroshima Shudo University
This paper examines four works of Middle English religious prose including Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love and The Book of Margery Kempe with regard to the ten persuasive strategies discussed in Halmari (2005). Halmari (2005) deals with the State of Union addresses by Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan and has discovered that the ten strategies commonly appear in both speeches. Revelations and The Book of Margery Kempe are both classified as mystical works, but, in fact, their writing styles are quite different. This paper examines the presence or absence of each of the persuasive strategies in those Middle English religious treatises and maps the distribution of those rhetorical strategies in Middle English religious prose to clarify the relationship between those religious prose works in their writing styles.
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