The Ciceronian Rhetorical Tradition and Medieval Literary Theory

Auteur: Copeland, Rita
Titre: The Ciceronian Rhetorical Tradition and Medieval Literary Theory
Revue/Collection: in: Cox, V. & Ward, J. O. (Ed.), The Rhetoric of Cicero in its Medieval and Early Renaissance Commentary Tradition (Brill’s Companions to the Christian Tradition, 2)
Lieu èdition: Leiden & Boston
Éditeur: Brill
Annèe edition: 2006
Pages: 239–265
Mots-clès: Héritage - Fortuna - Legacy, Rhétorique - Retorica - Rhetorics
Description: Cicero was not a literary theorist in any traditional sense of the term. He did not produce a prescriptive poetics like Horace’s Ars poetica, or a descriptive poetics like those of Aristotle, Longinus, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, or any of the Neoplatonist theorists of late antiquity. He did not write a significant hermeneutical treatise. Yet Ciceronian models of topical invention had a profound influence on medieval literary theory, medieval scriptural hermeneutics, and academic discourse about knowledge or ‘science’. Cicero also, of course, bequeathed a highly prescriptive theory of translation to the Middle Ages through Jerome’s translation theory, and nearly always had a fellow traveller in Horatian precepts about literary composition. In this chapter I will trace the legacy of Ciceronian rhetoric and its commentary traditions in four broadly defined fields: Augustinian hermeneutics and inventional theory; ‘grammatical’ traditions of literary analysis; translation theory; and the emergence of literary analysis into scientific discourses [Author].
Sigle auteur: Copeland 2006