The Sense of Rhythm: Nationalism, Sympathy, and the English Elocutionists

Yahav, Amit
July 2011
Eighteenth Century: Theory & Interpretation (University of Penns;Summer2011, Vol. 52 Issue 2, p173
Academic Journal
The article discusses the role of 18th-century English elocutionists in redefining and promoting oral language. Particular focus is given to elocutionist Joshua Steele and his book "An Essay Towards Establishing the Melody and Measure of Speech". According to the author, Steele believed that linguistic rhythm had the power to create sympathy and connection among people who shared a national language. The theories of philosophers David Hume, Adam Smith, and Jacques Derrida are also discussed.


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