Institutiones rhetoricae : a treatise of a Russian sentimentalist / M.N. Muravʹev ; edited with an introduction and notes by Andrew Kahn.

Muravʹev, Mikhail Nikitich, 1757-1807 [Browse]
  • Latin
  • French
Oxford : W.A. Meeuws, 1995.
  • lxxii, 127 pages : facsimiles, portraits ; 23 cm
  • lxxii, 127 pages : facsimiles, portraits ; 24 см


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"This edition of the Institutiones Rhetorica makes available for the first time a rhetorical manual written by Mikhail Nikitich Murav'ev (1757-1807), an important poet, and a central figure in the history of Russian Sentimentalism. Written by Murav'ev in Latin and French, this rhetoric was intended either for Grand Duke Alexander I and his brother Constantine in the 1780s or for Murav'ev's son Nikita, the future Decembrist. Documentary material on the history of education in Russia during this period is scarce, and this work sheds new light on the literary formation of the elite: uniquely for Russia, it combines features of the Jesuit rhetorical tradition with examples drawn from French neo-classical literature. For historians of Russian rhetoric and poetics, this edition will complement for the early nineteenth century the pioneering work of Renata Lachmann on Makarii and Feofan Prokopovich. The introduction discusses the influence of Lomonosov's work on rhetoric and notions of literary decorum, the topic of the moral exemplum, and the debates on linguistic and stylistic reforms from Sumarokov and Karamzin to the Archaists and Innovators in the early nineteenth century." "Institutiones Rhetorica will be of interest to neo-Latinists, to historians of rhetoric, and to specialists in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Russian literature and culture."--Jacket.
  • Includes index.
  • Latin and French text, English introduction and notes with some Russian.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 117-122) and indexes.
  • 1854760300
  • 9781854760302
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