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The political Oratory of Enoch Powell/L'oratoria politica di Enoch Powell

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Federico Santangelo


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© 2019 Societa Editrice il Mulino. All rights reserved.This paper offers a discussion of the political oratory of J. Enoch Powell (1912-1998) by focusing on four major speeches: an intervention in the House of Commons debate on the Hola Camp affair (July 1959), a lecture given at Trinity College Dublin (November 1964), an address to the Royal Society of St George in London (April 1964), and the so-called 'Rivers of Blood speech' (Birmingham, April 1968). Powell was a widely sought after speaker, and published ample selections of his speeches in volumes that played a significant role in establishing his standing as one of the most prominent and divisive politicians of his generation. His speeches were not just powerful tools of persuasion and consensus-building: they afforded opportunities to articulate weighty ideological propositions and were facets of a complex self-representation strategy. Before entering politics Powell had been a distinguished Hellenist. This study assesses the extent of the classical legacy in his speeches, both in formal and ideological terms.

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Author(s): Santangelo F

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cultura

Year: 2019

Volume: 57

Issue: 1

Pages: 87-100

Online publication date: 01/04/2019

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

ISSN (print): 0393-1560

ISSN (electronic): 2612-2391

Publisher: Societa Editrice il Mulino


DOI: 10.1403/92824


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