ISBN 9780719062810,Oratory in Action

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ISBN 9780719062810
Publisher

Manchester University Press

Publication Year 2004
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780719062810

ISBN-10 0719062810
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 224 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Medical genetics

This book examines the power and possibilities of public speaking, ranging from the oratory of the Athenian law courts to the political oratory of New Labour. A distinctive feature of the book is its conception of the orator as a performer and practitioner, and of oratory itself as a form of action. Historically, the power of eloquence to rouse and influence an audience made the orator a controversial figure whose rhetorical skills provoked suspicion and awe in almost equal measure. These essays show how orators exploit those skills in their attempts to shape the external world of opinion and fact. They also show how the speech itself may be considered as a linguistic event or "way of happening" which seeks to bind the orator and the audience in prized moments of connection.
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