Department of Literature

History of Rhetoric

During the last decades rhetorical studies have become a major focal point of the institute’s research, and a number of scholars have concentrated on questions pertaining to the history of rhetoric; most notably in the early modern period.

Research

On-going Research

Current studies adress such issues as the rhetoric of medieval Swedish regional laws, panegyrical literature of the late 17th century, poetic and rhetoric and Swedish literature 1600–1800, the use of rhetoric in the Swedish Order of Freemasons 1735–1796, and anti-fascist rhetoric and propaganda theory in the German Weimar Republic.

Previous Research

Published works includes studies on the Swedish workers movement, the teaching of rhetoric in the 17th and 18th centuries, occasional poetry, political cultures of the 18th century, the break between rhetorical and sentimental/literary modes of communication in the 18th century, the parodic poetry of the Swedish eighteenth-century poet C. M. Bellman, the transformations of the classical rhetorical tradition in the 18th and 19th centuries, different kinds of religious rhetoric and the question of rhetoric and gender in the 18th century and the late 18th century Swedish opera. Literary writers such as Kellgren, Thorild, Wallin and Almqvist, as well as female Swedish pacifistic writers around the time of the first world war, have also been subjects of rhetorically orientated studies.