An Investigation Into The Influence Of Ramistic Rhetoric On The Rhetorical Expression Of Shakespeare's Comic Heroines
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Communication and Rhetorical Studies
Theater, speech communication, rhetorical devices, boy actors, characterization
Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory
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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Lavista, Daniel Joseph, "An Investigation Into The Influence Of Ramistic Rhetoric On The Rhetorical Expression Of Shakespeare's Comic Heroines" (1973). Communication and Rhetorical Studies - Dissertations. Paper 25.