Hyperboles : The Rhetoric of Excess in Baroque Literature and Thought (Paperback)

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This book offers a detailed, comparatist defense of hyperbole in the Baroque period. Focusing on Spanish and Mexican lyric (Gongora, Quevedo, and Sor Juana), English drama ("King Lear" and translations of Seneca), and French philosophy (Descartes and Pascal), Christopher Johnson reads Baroque hyperbole as a sophisticated, often sublime, frequently satiric means of making sense of worlds and selves in crisis and transformation. Grounding his readings of hyperbole in the history of rhetoric and literary imitation, Johnson traces how rhetorical excess acquires specific cultural, political, aesthetic, and epistemological value. "Hyperboles" also engages more recent critiques of hyperbolic thought (Wittgenstein, Derrida, and Cavell), as it argues that hyperbole is the primary engine of a poetics and metaphysics of immanence.

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Publisher Department of Comparative Studies
Mfg Part# 9780674053335
SKU 212586207
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0674053338
Release Date 6/1/2010
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0695
Publisher Department of Comparative Literature
Series Part 52
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