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ERIC Number: ED184170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Machiavelli's "Mandragola": Comedic Commentary on Renaissance Rhetoric.
Wiethoff, William E.
This paper traces Machiavelli's debt to classical rhetoric while outlining the rhetorical tenor of his comedy, "Mandragola." The paper specifically analyzes Machiavelli's attention to the medieval transmission of Ciceronian rhetoric by Boethius, as interpreted from the setting, characterization, and dialogue of "Mandragola." The conclusion addresses critical problems posed by Machiavelli's "reactionary" view of the roles that rhetoric and dialectic should play in Renaissance discourse. (FL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Machiavelli (Niccolo)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (65th, San Antonio, TX, November 10-13, 1979). Best Copy Available.