ERIC Number: ED418459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
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Diana's Eulogy: Breaking New Ground in Epideictic Rhetoric?
Scott, David K.
A speech in response to an individual's death is by nature a recurring form of rhetoric. Based on audience expectations and needs, certain generic aspects have emerged to characterize eulogies. The funeral oration has generally been recognized as a form of epideictic rhetoric. Modern scholars have generally broadly defined epideictic rhetoric to the point of including most forms of ceremonial speaking (Ryan, 1992). This paper seeks to apply K.H. Jamieson and K.K. Campbell's model of "rhetorical hybrids"--defined as fusions of the different rhetorical genres. This paper applies the concept of a rhetorical hybrid to incorporate three genres of rhetoric: eulogies, kategoria, and apologia. Specifically, the statements and actions surrounding the death of Princess Diana are examined; the statements of Queen Elizabeth II and the Earl of Spencer are analyzed. The larger frame of analysis can be called "eulogistic discourse." The paper concludes that both the Queen's statement and the Earl of Spencer's funeral oration represent functional rhetorical hybrids. (Contains nine references.) (Author/NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Eulogies; Funeral Orations; Public Discourse; Rhetorical Genres
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association (Chicago, IL, April 2-5, 1998).