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"No Proper Subject:" Religion And Eloquence In Modern Britain

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This chapter explores the relationship between nationalism and rhetoric in eighteenth-century Britain. Britons were concerned that their orators, and especially their pulpit orators, were inferior both to the orators of antiquity and to those of modern Europe. This presumed inferiority was attributed to the peculiarities of British character, and oratorical inadequacy was accordingly portrayed as a national failure. British rhetoricians believed the rise of imperial power required that British oratory surpass the classical model Rome, as well as its modern rival, France. Thus nationalism provided a compelling incentive for the reinvigoration of rhetoric in eighteenth-century Britain.

Keywords: British eloquence; British rhetoricians; pulpit oratory



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