This article revisits eighteenth-century elocutionists Thomas Sheridan and John Walker by examining their work in two contexts: 1) classical imitation and oral reading traditions that engaged the body and emotions; and 2) early modern views of the faculties, particularly the faculties of the imagination and taste. These contexts, I argue, are essential to understanding the social and ethical claims the elocutionists made to support the revival of elocution and to understanding how they perceived their own practices.

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