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The ethos of drama : rhetorical theory and dramatic worth, Robert L. King

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The ethos of drama : rhetorical theory and dramatic worth
Title
The ethos of drama
Title remainder
rhetorical theory and dramatic worth
Statement of responsibility
Robert L. King
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "This book is at once deeply conservative and surprisingly revolutionary: conservative because it grounds drama in a traditional study of rhetoric; revolutionary because it argues that drama can have an ethos, a quality of moral authority ... The quality of King's prose is simply superb: lucid and crisp, with just the right blend of theory, contextual matter, and close textual analysis. King himself is clearly a master of rhetoric." James C. Bulman, Henry B. and Patricia Bush Tippie Professor of English, Allegheny College
  • For the first time in the history of drama criticism this book uses traditional rhetorical theory to evaluate moral values in plays from Shakespeare's time to the present. In an accessible style free of jargon, Robert King first reviews other theories and critiques of drama to show that they ignore or minimize the argument from moral worth (ethos), the rhetorical proof that earns a speaker or work its credibility. As the literary genre most dependent on an audience for its full realization, drama in performance, he argues, offers rich opportunities for rhetorical criticism while those plays of social or political relevance virtually demand an ethically grounded approach
  • Proceeding from this premise, this innovative book insists on the continuing relevance of traditional rhetoric as crucial to an appreciation of aesthetic strategy and moral worth in plays from the Early Modern to contemporary periods. Guided by the steps of stasis theory, the author's analysis moves from matters of fact ("Is it?") to judgment ("What is it?") to the question of ultimate ethical weight: "What is it worth?" Ethos is applied as a standard for discovering a play's worth in its control of syntax, diction, and stylistic devices; likewise it is used to judge character and persuasive argument. Among the artists discussed: Shakespeare, Chekhov, Arthur Miller, David Mamet, Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams, John Dryden, Thomas Otway, David Hare, Tom Stoppard, and Bernard Shaw
  • Commenting in general on plays he has seen in performance, King applies ethical theory to the values of various dramatic techniques like costume, staging, action, and role playing. As an ultimate test of the theory, his concluding chapters study plays that respond to questions of overriding moral concern: the Holocaust, apartheid, and nuclear weaponry. --Book Jacket
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King, Robert L.
Dewey number
822.009
Index
index present
LC call number
PR625
LC item number
.K57 2010eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • English drama
  • Rhetoric
  • Theater
  • Theater audiences
  • Persuasion (Rhetoric)
  • Literature and morals
  • Ethics in literature
  • Values in literature
  • DRAMA
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • Ethics in literature
  • Literature and morals
  • Persuasion (Rhetoric)
  • Rhetoric
  • Theater audiences
  • Theater
  • Values in literature
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The ethos of drama : rhetorical theory and dramatic worth, Robert L. King
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-230) and index
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multicolored
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text
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Contents
Rhetorical ethos and dramatic theory -- Syntax, style, and ethos -- The worth of words -- Memory and ethos -- Shaw, ethos, and rhetorical wit -- Athol Fugard's dramatic rhetoric -- Rhetoric and silence in Holocaust drama
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9780813218113
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2009040262
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(OCoLC)812915029
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The ethos of drama : rhetorical theory and dramatic worth, Robert L. King
Publication
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-230) and index
Carrier category
online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Rhetorical ethos and dramatic theory -- Syntax, style, and ethos -- The worth of words -- Memory and ethos -- Shaw, ethos, and rhetorical wit -- Athol Fugard's dramatic rhetoric -- Rhetoric and silence in Holocaust drama
Control code
812915029
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unknown
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1 online resource (x, 234 pages)
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9780813218113
Lccn
2009040262
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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22573/ctt260504
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not applicable
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remote
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(OCoLC)812915029

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