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The rhetoric of vision : essays on Charles Williams

Author: Charles A Huttar; Peter J Schakel
Publisher: Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1996.
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Charles Williams (1886-1945) was hailed by Eliot, Auden, Agee, and others for his metaphysical, ethical, and social vision. In this collection, nineteen scholars examine the rhetorical means he employed to convey that vision and the rhetorical theories that guided him. The contributors vary in approach, from close analysis of Williams's syntactic and semantic strategies to study of his larger concern for an organic
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Rhetoric of vision.
Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, c1996
(OCoLC)605012417
Named Person: Charles Williams; Charles Williams; Charles Williams
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles A Huttar; Peter J Schakel
ISBN: 0838753140 9780838753149
OCLC Number: 32923102
Description: 356 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Fiction: The Athanasian principle in Williams's use of images / Stephen Medcalf --
Language and meaning in the novels of Charles Williams / Alice E. Davidson --
The inner lives of characters and readers: affective stylistics in Charles Williams's fiction / Bernadette Lynn Bosky --
pt. 2. Fiction: individual works: Time in the stone of Suleiman / Verlyn Flieger --
A metaphysical epiphany?: Charles Williams and the art of the ghost story / Glen Cavaliero --
Charles Williams, a prophet for postmodernism: skepticism and belief in The place of the lion / Cath Filmer-Davies --
Complex rhetoric for a simple universe: Descent into hell / Judith J. Kollmann --
All Hallow's Eve: the cessation of rhetoric and the redemption of language / George L. Scheper --
pt. 3. Poetry: The occult as rhetoric in the poetry of Charles Williams / Roma A. King, Jr. --
Coinherent rhetoric in Taliessin through Logres / Angelika Schneider --
Continuity and change in the development of Charles Williams's poetic style / David Llewellyn Dodds --
pt. 4. Drama: An audience in search of Charles Williams / George Ralph --
Rhetorical strategies in Charles Williams's prose play / John D. Rateliff --
Thomas Cranmer and Charles Williams's vision of history / Clifford Davidson --
pt. 5. History, theology, criticism: History as reconciliation: the rhetoric of The descent of the dove and witchcraft / Robert McColley --
The theological rhetoric of Charles Williams: a peculiar density / B.L. Horne --
The Caroline vision and detective-fiction rhetoric: the evidence of the reviews / Jared Lobdell --
Poetry, power, and glory: Charles Williams's critical vision / Diane Tolomeo Edwards.
Responsibility: edited by Charles A. Huttar and Peter Schakel ; with a foreword by John Heath-Stubbs.

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Charles Williams (1886-1945) was hailed by Eliot, Auden, Agee, and others for his metaphysical, ethical, and social vision. In this collection, nineteen scholars examine the rhetorical means he employed to convey that vision and the rhetorical theories that guided him. The contributors vary in approach, from close analysis of Williams's syntactic and semantic strategies to study of his larger concern for an organic unity of rhetoric and idea. They also address his cultivation of affect, aporia, dislocation, allusion, the rhetoric of genres, and other strategies.

About half the essays consider Williams's fiction. They explore the theological roots of his theory of imagery; the rhetorical implications of his belief that language is inherently meaningful; his methods of creating "subjective correlatives" for heightened states of consciousness; and, in individual works of fiction, his revisionary use of time-travel and ghost-story conventions, his rhetorical application of Blakean "contraries," aspects of his diction and syntax, and his call to pursue integrity of speech as an ideal.

Three essays discuss Williams's poetry, specifically his use of the occult as a mode of imagining, the social significance that permeates his idea of coinherence, and the key literary and personal influences on the evolution of his mature poetic style. Another three essays treat Williams's rhetoric in plays - his debts to medieval drama, his success with conversational style, and his reliance on ambiguity and skepticism. Finally, four examine Williams's evenhandedness and liveliness as a historian, his prose style in theological writing, his sensitivity to the rhetoric of detective fiction both as reviewer and as writer, and his markedly poetic style in literary criticism.

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