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Studies in Middle English

Words, Forms, Senses and Texts

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Edited By Michael Bilynsky

This collection of papers is published within a series of post-conference volumes to reflect the state-of-the-art in the field of linguistic and literary research into Middle English. The contributions embrace a variety of research topics and approaches, with a more particular interest in the broad area of sense-form relationships and text studies of the period which rely on the traditional as well as the rapidly expanding searchable resources. They concern language, literature and manuscripts studies over a wide choice of disciplines and put a notable emphasis on up-to-date tools and methodologies to provide far-fetched searches of corpora and dictionaries that allow for a new quality of token verification and theoretical generalizations.
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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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