Actio and Persuasion

Actio and Persuasion

Dramatic Performance in Eighteenth-century France

Book - 1986
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In 18th-century France an intellectual battle was fought to raise the professional status of acting to the level of other arts involving rhetoric and expressive technique. The central strategy was based on the ancient rhetorical notion of actio, a theory of gesture, attitude, and facial expression already employed in the teaching and practice of religious, forensic, and political oratory. In this lucid study, Goodden explores the belief, championed by Diderot and others, that the primary mode of persuasion is not auditory, but visual.
Publisher: Oxford [Oxfordshire] : Clarendon Press, 1986
ISBN: 9780198158363
019815836X
Call Number: 792.044 G614a
Characteristics: 200 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm

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