English Literature
4 | 2017

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English Literature | 4 | 2017

The Rhetoric of Passions in John Tillotson's Sermons

Regina Maria Dal Santo
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia
regina.dalsanto@libero.it

DOI 10.30687/EL/2420-823X/2017/01/004

Submitted 10 Set 2017
Accepted 08 Ott 2017

Abstract

As the leading member of the Latitudinarian movement, scholars have often referred to John Tillotson as the father of the reform of ecclesiastical oratory that took place in the second half of the seventeenth century. His influence as a prose writer continued in the eighteenth century and his writings were appreciated by religious and lay critics. Although his style has been often described as ‘impassionate’, sober and reiterative, this article shows how he adapted his style to conquer the hearts of the congregation by exploiting two passions, self-love and fear, which are impossible to eradicate in Man.

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Tillotson. Sermons. Passions. Latitudinarianism. Eighteenth-century Rhetoric.

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Dal Santo Regina Maria

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The Rhetoric of Passions in John Tillotson's Sermons

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Journal Article

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it

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http://doi.org/10.14277/2420-823X/EL-4-17-3

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As the leading member of the Latitudinarian movement, scholars have often referred to John Tillotson as the father of the reform of ecclesiastical oratory that took place in the second half of the seventeenth century. His influence as a prose writer continued in the eighteenth century and his writings were appreciated by religious and lay critics. Although his style has been often described as ‘impassionate’, sober and reiterative, this article shows how he adapted his style to conquer the hearts of the congregation by exploiting two passions, self-love and fear, which are impossible to eradicate in Man.

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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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2017-10-08

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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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Tillotson

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Sermons

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Passions

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Latitudinarianism

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Eighteenth-century Rhetoric

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