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The trial of Warren Hastings : classical oratory and reception in eighteenth-century England / Chiara Rolli.

Author/Creator:
Rolli, Chiara, author.
Standardized Title:
Tullius Indianus. English
Publication:
London, UK ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, 2019. , ©2019
Format/Description:
Book
viii, 209 pages ; 25 cm
Subjects:
Burke, Edmund, 1729-1797.
Hastings, Warren, 1732-1818 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Hastings, Warren, 1732-1818 -- Impeachment.
Burke, Edmund, 1729-1797.
Hastings, Warren, 1732-1818.
Political oratory -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
English language -- 18th century -- Rhetoric.
Rhetoric -- England -- History -- 18th century.
English language -- Rhetoric.
Impeachments.
Political oratory.
Rhetoric.
Trials.
England.
Great Britain.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
"The impeachment trial of Warren Hastings dragged on for seven years from 1788 to 1795. Hastings was the first Governor-General of India and his trial had a formative impact on the British Empire. Chiara Rolli shows that in an age when British education consisted mainly of classical studies, it was antique views of rhetoric, colonialism and good imperial governance that permeated the trial. Prosecutor Edmund Burke was figured as a modern-day Cicero fighting corruption in the colonies, while Hastings was Verres, a corrupt first century Roman praetor of Sicily. In their prosecution, both Burke and Richard Sheridan employed certain coups de théâtre - such as fainting for emphasis - advised by Cicero and the later Roman rhetorician Quintilian, whose style of spectacular justice played particularly well amid the eighteenth-century vogue for sentimental drama. Burke's defence of natural rights and passion for extirpating vice in the colonies similarly reflected an admiration for Cicero, just as Hastings' preference to rule the conquered by means of their own traditions recalled models of Roman provincial administration. Using contemporary journalism, satire and other ephemera, the book reconstructs the public's equally profound grasp of these parallels. It illuminates new aspects of early British discourse around the Empire, and shows how deeply classical precedents influenced the cultural and political imaginations of eighteenth-century Britain"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Cicero, Verres and the classics in eighteenth-century Britain
A clash of characters
Classical oratory and theatricality in the trial against Warren Hastings
Spectacles of passion : Cicero's In Verrem and Burke's "Speech on the opening of the impeachment"
The reception of the Hastings trial in the newspapers and satirical prints.
Notes:
Revision and translation of author's thesis (doctoral)--Università di Parma, 2012, titled Tullius Indianus : Edmund Burke, Cicerone e la romanità nel processo a Warren Hastings.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other format:
Online version: Rolli, Chiara, author. Trial of Warren Hastings
ISBN:
9781784539221
1784539228
9781350112742
9781350112759
OCLC:
1083691321
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