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Augustine's Confessions: Communicative Purpose and Audience (Annemare Kotze) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2004) 9789004139268
Augustine's Confessions: Communicative Purpose and Audience (Annemare Kotze) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2004) 9789004139268
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Title: Augustine's Confessions: Communicative Purpose and Audience

Author: Kotze, Annemare

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2004

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004139268

Volumes: 1; Pages: x, 286

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This book is about the communicative purpose and the audience of the Confessions. It illuminates the degree to which the communicative purpose of the work is to convert its readers, i.e. a protreptic purpose, and the degree to which the target audience may be identified as Augustine's potential Manichaean readers. A brief survey of possible literary antecedents points to the existence of other works that consist of the same combination of an autobiographical section (a conversion story) with a polemical and exegetical section (an argument that aims to convince the reader of the merits of a specific point of view) that characterizes the Confessions. The book provides a new perspective on the meaning and structure of Augustine's often misunderstood masterpiece.Table of ContentsCh. 1 The Confessions and its academic readers: a survey of secondary literature Ch. 2 The Confessions and its first readers: genre and audience Ch. 3 Communicative purpose and audience in the meditation on Psalm 4 (in medias res) Ch. 4 Protreptic purpose (Sic invenietur) Ch. 5 Audience (Cui narro haec)
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