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Figuring Style


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Nancy L. Christiansen is an associate professor of English at Brigham Young University, USA and a contributor to Dialogues & Conversation (Second Edition) and Intertexts: Reading Pedagogy in College Writing Classrooms.


The nomenclature of traditional rhetoric has always been a jungle of shifting and overlapped meanings. Nancy Christianson is the first to have fully mapped our way through it. Her searchlight is the meaning of figure and her goal is a definition of style. Through exhaustive analysis of the classical and Renaissance texts, she shows us who planted the jungle and how it grew. There is nothing else like Figuring Style and it belongs on the shelf of every library and every scholar of rhetoric. Richard A. Lanham is Professor Emeritus of English at UCLA, and President of Rhetorica, Inc., a consulting firm. He has written A Handlist of Rhetorical Terms, a standard reference in the field, as well as Analyzing Prose, Style: An Anti-Textbook, and several other books on literary rhetoric.

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