English Literature
4 | 2017

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English Literature | 4 | 2017

The Hurry and Uproar of Their Passions
Images of the Early 18th-Century Whig

Katarzyna Kozak
Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities, Poland
carmen221@op.pl

DOI 10.30687/EL/2420-823X/2017/01/006

Submitted 10 Set 2017
Accepted 27 Ott 2017

Abstract

The period between the Glorious Revolution and the end of Queen Anne’s reign was a time of fierce antagonism between the political parties. This rivalry defined the political situation in early eighteenth century Britain and laid the foundation for the development of the ministerial machine of propaganda aimed at discrediting opponents and justifying the policies of the government. Methodically developed, the system was well applied during Oxford’s Ministry (1710-14). The establishment of a ministerial newspaper – The Examiner – played a significant role in solidifying public opinion behind the transfer of power to the Tories. Remaining a ‘right-wing’ organ, it became a sharp edge of anti-whig propaganda. The main objective of this article is to analyse the rhetoric of passions, one of the literary tools used in The Examiner to build up a negative image of Whigs. This image, created on the pages of The Examiner, represents an element of a wider vision depicting passionate Whigs and reasonable Tories.

Keywords
Propaganda. Tory. Whig. The Examiner. Passions.

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Kozak Katarzyna

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The Hurry and Uproar of Their Passions

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Journal Article

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it

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http://doi.org/10.14277/2420-823X/EL-4-17-5

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The period between the Glorious Revolution and the end of Queen Anne’s reign was a time of fierce antagonism between the political parties. This rivalry defined the political situation in early eighteenth century Britain and laid the foundation for the development of the ministerial machine of propaganda aimed at discrediting opponents and justifying the policies of the government. Methodically developed, the system was well applied during Oxford’s Ministry (1710-14). The establishment of a ministerial newspaper – The Examiner – played a significant role in solidifying public opinion behind the transfer of power to the Tories. Remaining a ‘right-wing’ organ, it became a sharp edge of anti-whig propaganda. The main objective of this article is to analyse the rhetoric of passions, one of the literary tools used in The Examiner to build up a negative image of Whigs. This image, created on the pages of The Examiner, represents an element of a wider vision depicting passionate Whigs and reasonable Tories.

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English Literature

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Vol. 4 | Num. 1 | Dicembre 2017

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2017-12-18

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2017-09-10

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2017-10-27

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2385-1635

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2420-823X

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Propaganda

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Tory

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Whig

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The Examiner

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Passions

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