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The Development Of Rhetorical Satire In Humanist Literature: Erasmus' The Praise Of Folly And More's Utopia

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The Development Of Rhetorical Satire In Humanist Literature: Erasmus' The Praise Of Folly And More's Utopia

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Title: The Development Of Rhetorical Satire In Humanist Literature: Erasmus' The Praise Of Folly And More's Utopia
Author: Story, Luke
Abstract: This thesis explores how early Renaissance humanists developed an effective rhetorical satire to combat the follies, injustices, and inequalities that afflicted the European population in the late Middle Ages, particularly Desiderius Erasmus' <italic>The Praise of Folly</italic> and Sir Thomas More's <italic>Utopia</italic>. I examine both how the humanists were able to work out of the satirical tradition that was popular in the Middle Ages as well as how they utilized the rhetorical knowledge from various classical texts that were rediscovered in the early portion of the Renaissance.I pay close attention to how More and Erasmus used aspects of narration, characterization, and textualized voicing to create a literary environment in which a rhetorical oration can exist. I explain how this textualized oratory allows the irony to emerge that is necessary for effective satire.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10106/11041
Date: 2012-07-25

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