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The Rhetoric of St. Augustine of Hippo
De Doctrina Christiana and the Search for a Distinctly Christian Rhetoric

Edited by Richard Leo Enos and Roger Thompson

The Rhetoric of St. Augustine of Hippo
Paperback, 420 pages $49.95
Published: 1st August 2008
ISBN: 9781602580084
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Religious Studies, All Rhetoric Studies, All Theology, Historical Theology, Rhetoric & Religion

The Rhetoric of St. Augustine of Hippo is the definitive edition of St. Augustine's fourth book of De Doctrina Christiana, the book that deals with rhetoric and its uses in Christian discourse. The edition of DDC contains both the original Latin and Sister Tèrèse Sullivan's brilliant translation. An introduction discusses the historical importance of DDC. Seven seminal essays written during the last seventy-five years provide representative discussions of the important topics of DDC. The volume includes a detailed, synoptic outline of all four books, with a conclusion by Amy K. Hermanson that synthesizes Augustine's rhetorical theory in a religious context. This is the only edition of its kind. It will remain the standard for a long time to come.



James J. Murphy

Part I


1. St. Augustine and the Creation of a Distinctly Christian Rhetoric   

Amy K. Hermanson, Drew M. Loewe, Kristi Schwertfeger Serrano, Lisa Michelle Thomas, and Sarah L. Yoder

Part II

De Doctrina Christiana

2. Synoptic Outline of St. Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana          

Stacia Dunn Neeley, D. B. Magee, and Lisa Michelle Thomas

3. Latin Text, Translation, and Commentary of Book IV of De Doctrina Christiana

 Sister Thérèse Sullivan

Part III

The Rhetoric of Saint Augustine

4. St. Augustine on Preaching (1928)                                                  

Charles Sears Baldwin

5. St. Augustine and the Debate about a Christian Rhetoric (1960)     

James J. Murphy

6. Augustine and the Problem of a Christian Rhetoric (1974)             

Ernest L. Fortin

7. St Augustine and Martianus Capella: Continuity and Change in Fifth-Century Latin Rhetorical Theory (1976)                                         

Michael C. Leff

8. St. Augustine’s Theory of Language (1982)                                               

Gerard Watson

9. Charity, Obscurity, Clarity: Augustine’s Search for a True Rhetoric (1990)

David Tracy                                                                                        

10. The Dialectic of Orality and Literacy: The Case of Book 4 of Augustine’s           De Doctrina Christiana (1996)                                                           

John D. Schaeffer

Part IV


11. Religion’s Rhetoric:  St. Augustine’s Union of Christian Wisdom and Sophistic Eloquence

Amy K. Hermanson

Appendix:  Original Front Matter to Sister Thérèse Sullivan’s De Doctrina Christiana, Liber Qvartvs (Epigraph, Preface, Select Bibliography, and Introduction)                       



Roger C. Thompson and Lisa Michelle Thomas


I read the manuscript with great pleasure to be sure. It brought back the thrill of the moment, twenty years ago, when Ed Corbett gave me a photocopied and bound copy of Sister Therese Sullivan's translation of Augustine. Enos and his coeditors are now presenting us with an even greater pleasure: Augustine, Sr. Sullivan, C.S. Baldwin, J.J. Murphy, Mike Leff and so much more. What a gift!

—Cheryl Glenn, Liberal Arts Research Professor of English and Women’s Studies, The Pennsylvania State University

This is sure to become the standard edition of one of the most influential works in the history of rhetoric.

—Thomas P. Miller, Professor of English, Director of Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English Graduate Program, The University of Arizona

Richard Leo Enos (Ph.D. Indiana University) is Professor and Holder of the Lillian Radford Chair of Rhetoric in the Department of English, Texas Christian University.

Roger Thompson (Ph.D. Texas Christian University) is Associate Professor of English and Fine Arts, Virginia Military Institute.  His work has appeared in Rhetoric Review and College English, and he is co-editor of a Dictionary of Literary Biography series on American Nature Writing.  He is currently working on a book, Emerson and the History of Rhetoric.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 420 pages
 9in x 6in

  LAN015000, PHI002000, REL015000
 Baylor University Press

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