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Title: A Rhetorical Approach to the Literary Essay: Pedagogical Implications
Authors: Sánchez Cuervo, Margarita Esther 
UNESCO Clasification: 5801 Teoría y métodos educativos
620205 Retórica
Keywords: Teaching literature
Literary essay
Argumentative discourse
Rhetorical figures
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)
Issue Date: 2016
Journal: Revista alicantina de estudios ingleses 
Abstract: The teaching of the literary essay is usually ignored in many universities due to its probing and inconclusive form which has not favoured the existence of models of analysis. However, the argumentative nature of this discourse can be examined through a reading that allows the recognition of some rhetorical operations like the invention of arguments (inuentio), their arrangement (dispositio) and expressive manifestation (elocutio). This article proposes a model of analysis following this rhetorical approach. In particular, I apply this analysis to a short essay by Virginia Woolf, ‘Royalty’. Woolf has been considered a major writer of the twentieth century. Although the style of her novels has been extensively researched from diverse perspectives, the style of her essays has not received much critical attention. Throughout my study, I indicate how the recognition and interpretation of arguments and rhetorical figures can help to define the style of this essay. Furthermore, I provide some guidelines for the identification and further interpretation of these rhetorical elements. Both the analysis and the guidelines can be useful in the literature and composition classes.
ISSN: 0214-4808
DOI: 10.14198/raei.2016.29.11
Source: Revista alicantina de estudios ingleses [ISSN 0214-4808], n. 29, p. 199-212
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