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Renaissance TransformationsThe Making of English Writing 1500-1650$
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Margaret Healy and Thomas Healy

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748638734

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638734.001.0001

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Playing Seriously in Renaissance Writing

Playing Seriously in Renaissance Writing

(p.14) (p.15) Chapter 1 Playing Seriously in Renaissance Writing
Renaissance Transformations

Thomas Healy

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter studies the dilemmas produced by the Renaissance's belief that eloquent language was the best medium to negotiate truth, despite the fact that it could also be used to deceive. It also suggests that Renaissance writing was deeply involved in a continuous unravelling of significance while avoiding conclusive expression. The chapter furthermore argues that the rhetorical strategy of ‘playing seriously’ was a technique used by writers to navigate a dualistic perception of language. It additionally looks at how texts operate in order to encourage readers to negotiate the artfulness of literature.

Keywords:   eloquent language, Renaissance writing, conclusive expression, rhetorical strategy, dualistic perception

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