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From Embodying The Rules To Embodying Belief: On Eighteenth-Century Pulpit Delivery In England, Germany And The Netherlands

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This chapter focuses on what seems specific to pulpit oratory in the eighteenth century, its break into sentiment and sensibility: an inclination to cherish the fifth department of ancient oratory, that of actio or pronuntiatio, while dismissing all but the most general rules on the subject. It describes how French thinking on delivery, especially in the work of Le Faucheur, was received during the eighteenth century in England, Germany and the Netherlands. Le Faucheur was the first author to successfully merge the orators delivery with notions of civility. The Traitté was to become a major influence on the British elocutionary movement, with its beginnings traced to 1702, the year in which the first English translation of Le Faucheurs manual came out. Compared to other German texts on sacred oratory, Ewalds innovations were remarkable.

Keywords: England; Germany; Le Faucheur; Netherlands; pronuntiatio; pulpit oratory; Traitté



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