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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.

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  • Language (C)
    • Language teaching & learning (other than ELT) (CJ)
      • Language learning: specific skills (CJC)
        • Speaking / pronunciation skills (CJCK)
  • Literature & literary studies (D)
    • Literature: history & criticism (DS)
      • Literary studies: general (DSB)
        • Literary studies: classical, early & medieval (DSBB)
  • Humanities (H)
    • Philosophy (HP)
      • Philosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledge (HPK)

BISAC Classifications

  • Foreign Language Study (FOR)
    • FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / Latin (FOR016000)
  • Language Arts & Disciplines (LAN)
    • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Speech (LAN018000)
  • Philosophy (PHI)
    • PHILOSOPHY / Methodology (PHI014000)

THEMA Classifications

  • Language & Linguistics (C)
    • Linguistics (CF)
      • Semantics, discourse analysis, stylistics (CFG)
  • Biography, Literature & Literary studies (D)
    • Literature: history & criticism (DS)
      • Literary studies: general (DSB)
        • Literary studies: ancient, classical & medieval (DSBB)
  • Philosophy & Religion (Q)
    • Philosophy (QD)
      • Topics in philosophy (QDT)
        • Philosophy: epistemology & theory of knowledge (QDTK)
  • Language qualifiers (2)
    • Indo-European languages (2A)
      • Romance, Italic & Rhaeto-Romanic languages (2AD)
        • Latin (2ADL)