discourse (up)on (something)

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discourse (up)on (something)

To talk about something at length. If he discourses about this abstract theory any longer, I'm going to fall asleep.
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discourse (up)on

someone or something to lecture about someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I would like to discourse upon this matter awhile. The committee chose to discourse on Tom and his latest fiasco rather than deal with the budgetary problems it faces.
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References in classic literature ?
I had many times discourses upon that subject with her; but she was full of this argument, that she save the life of many an innocent lamb, as she called them, which would otherwise perhaps have been murdered; and of many women who, made desperate by the misfortune, would otherwise be tempted to destroy their children, and bring themselves to the gallows.
The Works of Tacitus in Four Volumes: To Which Are Prefixed Political Discourses upon That Author.
In September 1693, Mary Astell wrote to John Norris about his recently published Practical Discourses Upon Several Divine Subjects (1693).
The final section, 'self-fashioning and vernacular modernism', with essays focusing on diverse locations such as early twentieth-century Peru and the influence of indigenista discourses upon the Cusco avant-garde, and the usages of photography by the Yoruba of West Africa, illustrate Christopher Pinney's theorisation of postcolonial photography's potential for the projection of images to the surface, rendering this 'a site of the refusal of the depth that characterised colonial representational regimes' (p.202).
In fact, the only chapter explicitly taking issue with Foucault's theories is Cady's attempt to establish that the notion of distinct homosexual identity long predated nineteenth-century sexological discourses, through his examination of French Renaissance discourses upon sexuality, particularly those of Henri III.
Specifically, consumers of the discourses of the sex industry are (re)constructed via the ideological effect of those discourses upon consciousness, and are dehumanized insofar as those discourses result in a consciousness which is insensitive to others, i.e., women.
An acquaintance with the work of the cultural historian Martin Wiener might have saved Professor Leps from some of these difficulties, since his 1990 book Reconstructing the Criminal asked many of the same questions about the cultural conditions which made criminology possible, about the `intertext' which allowed literary and scientific works to reinforce each other, and about the impact of these new discourses upon the institutions which governed the poor and the criminal.
Niccolo Machiavelli's Discourses Upon the First Decade of Livy and The Prince, both written in 1513, were written as manuals for administrators.