Jane Austen and Belles Lettres : the rhetorical influence of Hugh Blair in Jane Austen's Fiction
Wolff, Miriam Elizabeth Antonia
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This dissertation explores the rhetorical influences of Hugh Blair, minister, rhetorician and member of the 18th Century Scottish Enlightenment, on the fiction of Jane Austen. Specifically, the author argues that Austen used the precepts of belletristic rhetoric as promulgated by Blair as both a narrative device integral to the plots of her novels and as a means of illuminating her fictional characters.