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Professor Ruth Morse: Shakespeare's Rhetoric


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Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, is pleased to invite you to a lecture by Professor Ruth Morse (University of Cambridge).

Ruth Morse is professeur des universités at the Université-Paris-Diderot (Paris-Sorbonne-Cité). She taught previously at the universities of London, Sussex, Leeds, and Cambridge, where she was director of studies in English at Fitzwilliam College for ten years. Her books include Truth and Convention in the Middle Ages: Rhetoric, Reality, and Representation (2005 [1991]) and Shakespeare, les français, les France (2008). Her Continuum Great Shakespeareans vol. XIV (Les Hugo, Pasternak Brecht, and Césaire) and Medieval Shakespeare: Pasts and Presents (with Peter Holland and Helen Cooper), were published in 2014. She is a frequent contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, and a judge for the UK Crime Writers Association.


From the earliest collections of figures of speech in recognizable patterns of poetry and prose, Aristotle’s vocabulary for the analysis and criticism of oratory and writing has had unmatched influence in education. Rhetoric, the art of moving and persuading listeners and readers, itself became the subject, not just the method; works of reference offered categories and examples. Such works consolidated a whole terrain of language-use in daily life as well as in poetry and prose. In that sense, by Shakespeare’s day collections of the ‘figures of speech’ in English-language books had long since become part of the library for those who aspired to learning, appreciating, and imitating images, tropes, and figures in their own speech and composition. I shall deal at length with what Shakespeare did with figures, with metaphor, metonymy, and metalepsis, but also with single words which functioned across whole plays in, for instance, Twelfth Night, and, even more surprisingly, 2 Henry IV.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 14:15, Room 111
Charles University, Arts Building, Jana Palacha 2, Prague 1

Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures - CUFA, Prague
Filozofická fakulta, náměstí Jana Palacha 2









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