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Action oratoire et écriture du corps de Quintilien à Louis de Cressolles

Abstract : Delivery, the fifth part of rhetoric, has an uncertain history since its beginnings in antiquity. Quintilian devoted an important chapter of the Institutio Oratoria to this subject, whose writing procedures we study by comparing them with other ancient discourses on the body. The part given to the body and to the delivery is indeed linked to the author's conception of the orator, of the treatise, and of the art of oratory. In the Renaissance, when other discourses on the body were also flourishing, rhetoric offered a varied treatment of the delivery, starting with Quintilian's founding chapter, leading to its being summarised, copied, or sometimes expanded. The study of these treatises in their diversity reveals that delivery raises above all problems of writing the body and its inscription in the written framework of a rhetoric that is constantly redefining its own limits. In 1620, the Jesuit Louis de Cressolles devoted a voluminous treatise to delivery, the Vacationes autumnales, with an entire book devoted to the orator's gesture. His writing, unlike that of many of his predecessors on the subject, claims to be copious, and multiplies the quotations borrowed from Antiquity in all its diversity, the better to recompose the behaviour of the contemporary orator. It therefore appears that the unequal fortunes of delivery, both in classical antiquity and during the Renaissance, are not only linked to historical circumstances, but also to the problem of writing and registration within rhetoric.
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Sophie Conte. Action oratoire et écriture du corps de Quintilien à Louis de Cressolles. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. Université de Paris IV - Sorbonne, 2000. Français. ⟨tel-03481533⟩



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