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Powers of Expression, Expressions of Power

Speech Presentation and Latin Literature

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Powers of Expression, Expressions of Power by Andrew Laird

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Can a speaker's words ever be faithfully reported? History, philosophy, ethnography, political theory, linguistics, and literary criticism all involve debates about discourse and representation. By drawing from Plato's theory of discourse, the lively analysis of speech presentation in this book provides a coherent and original contribution to these debates, and highlights the problems involved when speech becomes both the object and the medium of narrative representation. The opening chapters offer fresh insights on ideology, intertextuality, literary language, and historiography, and reveal important connections between them. These insights are then applied in specific critical treatments of - Virgil's Aeneid, of Petronius' Satyricon, and of scenes involving messengers and angels in classical and European epic. Throughout this study, ancient texts are discussed in conjunction with examples from later traditions. Overall, this book uses Latin literature to demonstrate the theoretical and ideological importance of speech presentation for a number of contemporary disciplines.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198152767
ISBN-10: 0198152760
Format: Hardback
(224mm x 147mm x 25mm)
Pages: 380
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 18-Nov-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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