China's first systematic account of rhetoric: An introduction to Chen Kui's Wen Ze

Thomas Andrew KIRKPATRICK

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Abstract

Chen Kui (陳騤) published the Wen Ze (文則), The Rules of Writing) in 1170. Chinese scholars commonly describe this as the first systematic account of Chinese rhetoric. This paper will place the Wen Ze in its historical and rhetorical context and provide a translation and discussion of key extracts from the book. In providing a summary of the key points of The Rules of Writing, this paper presents the main principles of Chinese composition and rhetoric as laid out by Chen Kui. It will also provide evidence that rhetorical styles are a product of their times. Like fashions, they flourish and fade and then flourish again. Copyright © 2005 The Regents of the University of California.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-152
JournalRhetorica
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005

Citation

Kirkpatrick, A. (2005). China's first systematic account of rhetoric: An introduction to Chen Kui's Wen Ze. Rhetorica, 23(2), 103-152.

Keywords

  • Chinese languages
  • Writing
  • Rhetoric

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