Rosted, Blair og den retoriske tradition

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 On the strength of his Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres (1783), the Scottish professor of rhetoric, Hugh Blair (1718-1800) has long been recognized as an important mediator of the classical Greco-Roman rhetorical tradition for early modern conceptions of language, composition and rhetoric in the English-speaking world. That he was also a formative influence on the Scandinavian approach to rhetoric and the rhetorical tradition may have been known by the few (witness fx Jørgen Fafner's Tanke og tale: Den retoriske tradition i Vesteuropa, 1993), but has literally speaking come into the public domain with the re-publication in 2007 of the Norwegian schoolmaster Jakob Rosted's Forsøg til en Rhetorik (orig. 1810), which consists of translations of parts of Blair's Lectures, though Rosted claims in his introduction that they were ‘forfattet af Mag. Jakob Rosted'. My presentation, which is based on my postscript to the edition, will unravel the intricate underground relations between Rosted, Blair, and the rhetorical tradition.
Emneord: Hugh Blair, Jacob Rosted, the rhetorical tradition
Period5. Nov 2008
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  • Hugh Blair, Jacob Rosted, the rhetorical tradition