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Self-referential rhetoric: the evolution of the Elizabethan 'wit'

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The thesis traces the evolving attitudes towards rhetoric in the highly-rhetorised English-language prose of the late sixteenth century by focusing on a term that was itself subject to significant change: ‘wit’. To wit’s pre-existing denotations of intellectual acumen, capacity for reason and good judgement was added a novel meaning, related to the capacity for producing lively speech. As a term encompassing widely divergent meanings, many Elizabethan and early Stuart works explored ‘wit’ ...

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University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St Cross College
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
All Souls College
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Type of award:
DPhil
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Doctoral
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University of Oxford
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English
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2018-06-11

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