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Erasmus and the Colloquial Emotions

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JournalErasmus Studies: Journal of the Erasmus of Rotterdam Society
DateAccepted/In press - 26 Oct 2020
DatePublished (current) - 12 Nov 2020
Issue number2
Volume40
Number of pages24
Pages (from-to)127-150
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Cognitive philosophy in recent years has made conversation central to the experience of emotion: we recognise emotions in dialogue. What lesson can be drawn from this for understanding Erasmus’ Colloquies? This work has often been rifled for its treatment of ideas and opinions, but it also offers a complex and highly imaginative treatment of conversation, originating as rhetorical exercises in De copia. This essay reconfigures the Colloquies in such terms, especially those involving female interlocutors, drawing on the riches of ancient interest in conversation in Plato, Cicero and Quintilian, and also on the vogue for dialogue in Renaissance Italy from Leonardo Bruni to Castiglione.

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© Brian Cummings, 2020

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  • conversation, women, emotion, recognition, rhetoric, dialogue

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