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An Ideal Critic

Ciceronian Rhetoric and Contemporary Criticism

K. Hvidtfelt Nielsen

The book argues and exemplifies the replacement of philosophy by rhetoric as the more rewarding speech genre for discussing theoretical beliefs. The rhetorical writings of Cicero and Quintilian are carefully sifted and re-organized so as to provide the literary critic with a vocabulary (topicality) for translating recent debates among hermeneutists, speech act theorists, and post-structuralists (Foucault, Bakhtin, Gadamer, Vattimo, Searle, Derrida, and Bloom) into a performative canon of criticism.
The Author: K. Hvidtfelt Nielsen (born in 1947) is Associate Professor of German literature at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. He has written on mathematical linguistics, philosophy, rhetoric, and modern European literature.