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- Introduction: The Crisis of the Baroque
- Decentering the European Imaginary: A Baroque Taste for India
- Line and Trait of the Baroque River
- Baroque Theatricality
- Water in The Baroque Garden
- Fashioning the Baroque Male
- Antinomies of the Twenty-First-Century Neobaroque: Cormac McCarthy and Demian Schopf
- The Automaton
- The Baroque City
- Surface and Substance: Baroque Dress in Spain and France, 1600–1720
- Baroque Dance
- Ibero-American Architecture and Urbanism
- Baroque Organ Music
- Ottoman Baroque
- Baroque Opera
- Machine Plays
- The Organization of Knowledge from Ramus to Diderot
- Experience and Knowledge in the Baroque
- Conversation and Civility
- The Philosopher’s Baroque: Benjamin, Lacan, Deleuze
- The Spanish Baroque Novel
- Baroque Tragedy
- The Baroque as a Literary Concept
- Baroque Discourse
- Classical Defense of the Baroque
- The Baroque and Philosophy
- The Baroque as Anti-Classicism: The French Case
- Is There a Baroque Style of Preaching in Early Modern France?
- Prayer, Meditation, and Retreat
- Baroque Sexualities
- Paradoxes: Baroque Science
- Baroque Diplomacy
- The End of Witch-Hunting
- Time and Chronometry
- Court Spectacle and Entertainment
- The Baroque State
- Saints and Baroque Piety
Abstract and Keywords
Preaching in the baroque period, though often neglected by researchers, is a literary field that assumed renewed importance in the Catholic Church following the Council of Trent. Looking carefully at examples from the French repertory of sermons, this chapter describes several stylistic variants, ranging from austere simplicity to vivid appeals to the hearers’ imagination. The pulpit borrowed from the theater as well as from recently rediscovered Greek novels, but the florid style of the early seventeenth century was followed by a simpler one that is sometimes described as neoclassical.
Anne Régent-Susini is Maître de conférences at the University Sorbonne-Nouvelle and a former member of the Institut Universitaire de France. She is the author of L’Éloquence de la chaire (2009) and Bossuet et la rhétorique de l’autorité (2011). She is currently directing the new critical and complete edition of Bossuet’s oratorical works.
Laurent Susini is Maître de conférences at Sorbonne University. He is author of L’Ecriture de Pascal. La lumière et le feu (2008), which won the Prix Dumézil of the French Academy in 2009.
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