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Exhibete Membra Vestra: Verbal And Visual Enthymeme As Late Medieval Mnemotechnics

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As one of the first rhetorical and logical tools mentioned, alongside syllogism, in Aristotle's Art of Rhetoric, enthymeme reappears in medieval artes praedicandi and artes memoriae as a compositional and mnemotechnical device. In this chapter, the author argues that enthymeme, or at least a cultural tradition that relies on rhetorical syllogism, is at work in late medieval English vernacular culture, as exemplified in the chapter by the use of "latency" in sermon literature and parish church mural paintings. The use of enthymeme is similar to the process of rhetorical shadowing. Another interesting use of enthymeme in late medieval English culture is the treatment in sermons and wall paintings of the "Warning to Swearers" theme. Enthymeme can only be presumed in a number of cases where the direct participation of the audience is called forth to complete an "informal" kind of logical reasoning.

Keywords: late medieval mnemotechnics; rhetorical syllogism; vernacular culture; visual enthymeme



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