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ERIC Number: EJ806458
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
Mirrors for the Queen: A Letter from Christine de Pizan on the Eve of Civil War
McCormick, Samuel
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v94 n3 p273-296 Aug 2008
As a rhetorical figure, the example is constitutively split between the structural vocations of the Greek "paradeigma" (emphasizing illumination and belonging) and the Latin "exemplum" (emphasizing detachment and exclusion). This bifurcation enables the example to function as a strategic resource of ambiguity. Christine de Pizan exercises this ambiguity in her 1405 letter to the Queen of France. In particular, she develops a rhetoric of exemplary figures, the aim of which is to legitimate and effect the Queen's intervention in a hazardous political conflict, without in turn violating established codes of deference. Close inspection of this minor epistolary text demonstrates the utility of the example for purposes of rhetorical prodding, political judgment, and social transformation. (Contains 1 figure and 77 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France