Excavating the Memory Palace: An Account of the Disappearance of Mnemonic Imagery from English Rhetoric, 1550–1650

@article{Long2017ExcavatingTM,
  title={Excavating the Memory Palace: An Account of the Disappearance of Mnemonic Imagery from English Rhetoric, 1550–1650},
  author={Seth Long},
  journal={Rhetoric Review},
  year={2017},
  volume={36},
  pages={122 - 138}
}
  • Seth Long
  • Published 2017
  • Philosophy
  • Rhetoric Review
In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the visual precepts of rhetoric’s fourth canon found themselves at odds with the iconoclasm of England’s Protestant elite. Under this negative influence, mnemonic imagery disappeared from rhetorical theory. Interest in the fourth canon declined, replaced with a Ramist conception of memory grounded in abstract (and imageless) order. A general outline of this history has been offered by several scholars—most notably, Frances Yates—but new bibliographic… Expand
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