History as Rhetoric, Fable, and Literary Genre
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 2, Issue 1, January 2014, Pages: 16-23
Received: Dec. 11, 2013; Published: Feb. 20, 2014
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Alejandro Cheirif Wolosky, Museum of natural history, Luxemburg, Luxembourg
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Abstract
This article provides an insight into the notion of history as a literary genre. It argues that in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the concept of “history” was mostly employed in its plural form: “the stories” and not “history” were the predominant form of the concept of history. These “stories” were related to the ancient Ciceronian rhetorical and moral tradition of history as Magistra Vitae (history as life's teacher) and were considered part of the so-called belles-lettres or “literature”.
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History, Literature, Rhetoric, Fable
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Alejandro Cheirif Wolosky, History as Rhetoric, Fable, and Literary Genre, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 2, No. 1, 2014, pp. 16-23. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20140201.14
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