Declamation, Paternity, and Roman Identity
Authority and the Rhetorical Self
By (author) Erik Gunderson
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Declamation, Paternity, and Roman Identity by Erik Gunderson
Book DescriptionThis book explores the much maligned and misunderstood genre of declamation. Instead of a bastard rhetoric, declamation should be seen as a venue within which the rhetoric of the legitimate self is constructed. These fictions of the self are uncannily real, and these stagey dramas are in fact rehearsals for the serious play of Roman identity. Critics of declamation find themselves recapitulating the very logic of the genre they are refusing. When declamation is read in the light of the contemporary theory of the subject a wholly different picture emerges: this is a canny game played with and within the rhetoric of the self. This book makes broad claims for what is often seen as a narrow topic. An appendix includes a fresh translation and brief discussion of a sample of surviving examples of declamation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521036528
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-May-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Declamation, Paternity, and Roman Identity, Hardback (June 2003)» View all books by Erik Gunderson
Radical re-evaluation of the genre of declamation and its social and psychic import.
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Author Biography - Erik Gunderson
Erik Gunderson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Greek and Latin at the Ohio State University. He is the author of Staging Masculinity: The Rhetoric of Performance in the Roman World (2000; ISBN 0472111396).
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