Winning words : the efficacy of literary discourse in politics during the French wars of religion (1562-1598)
- The Renaissance was a moment of great creativity and promise in philosophy, history, and literature, but opportunity does not often come without crisis. The upheaval of the Renaissance resulted in a semiotic crisis by which traditional modes of meaning were no longer effective. Amid the optimism of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, this usually did not pose a problem, but in latter sixteenth century France, when divisions between Catholic and Protestant turned to violence and then to civil war, writers needed to recover meaning quickly in order to bring peace. They desired to create winning words that would convince one side or the other to lay down their arms, as well as their ideologies, to reunite a divided France. I explain how they tried to do it. For many reasons, success was elusive, but their experience tells us much about what constitutes effective discourse when literature intervenes in a political sphere where words are failing.
|Type of resource
|electronic; electronic resource; remote
|1 online resource.
|Haake, Gregory Paul
|Stanford University, Department of French and Italian.
|Statement of responsibility
|Gregory Paul Haake.
|Submitted to the Department of French and Italian.
|Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 2015.
- © 2015 by Gregory Paul Haake
- This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).
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