Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/185120
Title:
Audience, intention, and rhetoric in Pascal and Simone Weil.
Author:
Stokes, Thomas Hubert, Jr.
Issue Date:
1990
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
This dissertation examines audience, intention, and rhetoric in the writings of Blaise Pascal and Simone Weil. Despite the differences in historical period, ethnic heritage, sex, and milieux, which separate them, these two writers are astonishingly similar with regard to those for whom they wrote--audience--the subject matter of their writings--intention--and their skilled and self-conscious use of language in addressing their audiences and themes--rhetoric. Each of them wrote scientific or philosophical works, and polemical works, intended for a certain public; each of them then wrote, in the final years of their short lives, long notebook or journal entries, a record of spiritual experience which has since been edifying to others besides themselves. The guiding principle here is the function of language. This means how it works (rhetoric), but also, for what purpose (intention) and for whom (audience). We find many metaphors of function in Pascal and Simone Weil. The motivating concern of this dissertation is how Pascal and Simone Weil articulate, through language, God's response to man's yearnings toward God.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Literature, Romance; Religion, General; Spirituality -- France -- History -- 17th century; Spirituality -- France -- History -- 20th century
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
French and Italian; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Demorest, Jean-Jacques

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleAudience, intention, and rhetoric in Pascal and Simone Weil.en_US
dc.creatorStokes, Thomas Hubert, Jr.en_US
dc.contributor.authorStokes, Thomas Hubert, Jr.en_US
dc.date.issued1990en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examines audience, intention, and rhetoric in the writings of Blaise Pascal and Simone Weil. Despite the differences in historical period, ethnic heritage, sex, and milieux, which separate them, these two writers are astonishingly similar with regard to those for whom they wrote--audience--the subject matter of their writings--intention--and their skilled and self-conscious use of language in addressing their audiences and themes--rhetoric. Each of them wrote scientific or philosophical works, and polemical works, intended for a certain public; each of them then wrote, in the final years of their short lives, long notebook or journal entries, a record of spiritual experience which has since been edifying to others besides themselves. The guiding principle here is the function of language. This means how it works (rhetoric), but also, for what purpose (intention) and for whom (audience). We find many metaphors of function in Pascal and Simone Weil. The motivating concern of this dissertation is how Pascal and Simone Weil articulate, through language, God's response to man's yearnings toward God.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectLiterature, Romanceen_US
dc.subjectReligion, Generalen_US
dc.subjectSpirituality -- France -- History -- 17th centuryen_US
dc.subjectSpirituality -- France -- History -- 20th centuryen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineFrench and Italianen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorDemorest, Jean-Jacquesen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberKohn, Ingeborgen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberLeibacher, Liseen_US
dc.identifier.proquest9100049en_US
dc.identifier.oclc704594687en_US
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