'As Shakespeare so memorably said...':Quotation, rhetoric, and the performance of politics


This article examines the use of quotation in British political rhetoric since 1945. It argues that quotations are not only a source of authority, but a way of claiming authorisation. The article also shows how, through quotations, party leaders try to establish connections between themselves and the common cultural resources of their audience, and how they attempt to show fidelity to a tradition even as they try to redirect it. The conclusion is that rhetorical analysis exposes the symbolic, ritualised aspect of contemporary political and ideological practices, the understanding of which requires the integration of rhetorical and performance theories.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9248.12156
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
Additional Information: © Sage 2014. The final publication is available via Sage at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9248.12156
Uncontrolled Keywords: British political speech,Leadership,Performance,Quotation,Rhetoric,Sociology and Political Science
Publication ISSN: 0032-3217
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2024 07:35
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2018 15:26
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2016-03-01
Published Online Date: 2014-09-24
Accepted Date: 2014-06-07
Authors: Atkins, Judi (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7391-4685)
Finlayson, Alan



Version: Accepted Version

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