The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0920 Friday, 28 April 2000.
From: B. Vickers <
Date: Thursday, 27 Apr 2000 15:05:28 +0200
Subject: re: "against eloquence"
Comment: SHK 11.0876 re: "against eloquence"
The text 'inveighing against eloquence' that Prof. Whigham is looking
for may be John Jewel's ironic attack on eloquence, Oratio contra
rhetoricam (c. 1548): see H. H. Hudson, 'Jewel's Oration Against
Rhetoric: A Translation', Quarterly Journal of Speech, 14 (1928):
374-92. In my book In Defence of Rhetoric (Oxford, 3rd rev. edn. 1997),
pp. 188-9, I briefly treat Jewel alongside two other mock-attacks on
rhetoric, by Pico della Mirandola and H. Cornelius Agrippa. - The
latter's attack, in chapter 3 of his De Incertitudine et Vanitate
Scientiarium et Artium ... Declamatio (1530) might be another candidate.