Portia’s Powerful Tongue: The Ethics of Lady Rhetoric in The Merchant of Venice

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by Scott F. Crider When early modern Europeans searched for a myth of human nature, familial bond, and civil association, they found one in an early Ciceronian treatise on oratory, de Inventione, in which he offers an etiological myth of rhetoric, “the origin of this thing we call eloquence”: For there was a time when […]