The rhetoric of aesthetics: the beauty of the traditional Roman rite of the Mass
In order to reify the Catholic theory of beauty and its methodology the Roman Catholic Mass of 1962, also known as the Tridentine Mass, is analyzed as a case study. This artifact was chosen in particular because it was recently liberated from bureaucratic imprisonment by Pope Benedict XVI. In addition to analyzing the traditional Roman rite,
several changes that were made to the Mass after the Second Vatican Council are examined.
This study is important for several reasons. First, it provides rhetorical scholars with a clear understanding of beauty with which rhetoric can be analyzed. Also, the aesthetic theory offered by this study transcends the differences between rhetoric-as-epistemic and rhetoric-as-aesthetic scholarship. Most importantly though, view of beauty that is advanced implies an ethic from which rhetoric can be evaluated. Finally, the study has important implications for the development of the Roman Catholic liturgy.
School:Kansas State University
School Location:USA - Kansas
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:rhetoric and aesthetics aesthetic turn beauty ethics roman catholicism catholic mass language composition 0681 religion general 0318 speech communication 0459
Date of Publication:01/01/2008