Title

An Investigation Into The Influence Of Ramistic Rhetoric On The Rhetorical Expression Of Shakespeare's Comic Heroines

Date of Award

1973

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Advisor(s)

Daniel Krempel

Keywords

Theater, speech communication, rhetorical devices, boy actors, characterization

Subject Categories

Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine Shakespeare's use of rhetoric in his depiction of comedic heroines. I intend to argue that the form of rhetorical expression exhibited by the women in the comedies is derived from the Elizabethan convention of the boy actor. This convention, I maintain, resulted in Shakespeare's dependence on certain figures of rhetoric -- all of which were outlined by Peter Ramus and depicted in The Arcadian Rhetorike (1588) of Abraham Fraunce.

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