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Rhetoric and Poetics in Antiuity [PDF / EPUB] Rhetoric and Poetics in Antiuity This book offers a counter traditional account of the history of both rhetoric and poetics In reply to traditional rhetorical histories which view rhetoric primarily as an art of practical civic orato This book offers Poetics in eBook ✓ a counter traditional account of the history of both rhetoric and poetics In reply to traditional rhetorical histories which view rhetoric primarily as an art of practical civic oratory the book argues in four extended essays that epideictic poetic elouence was central even fundamental to the rhetorical tradition in antiuity In essence Jeffrey Walker's study accomplishes what in the world of rhetoric studies amounts to a revolution he demonstrates that in antiuity rhetoric and poetry could not be viewed separately.

  • Hardcover
  • 416 pages
  • Rhetoric and Poetics in Antiuity
  • Jeffrey Walker
  • English
  • 15 August 2016
  • 9780195130355

2 thoughts on “Rhetoric and Poetics in Antiuity

  1. says:

    Jeff Walker really is a brainy fellow And not just because of the Greek dictionary you might have to bust out to get through some of the passages He seems to know really everything I talked to him about why the book seems to give the short shrift to later antiuity the middle ages the renaissance and modern times and he kind of shrugged and said Well it was getting long anyway He describes his theory that epideictic arts weren't secondary but primary and the other branches are actually derivative then illustrates his claims with indooroutdoor Alscesus and Sappho for example among others I love th lyric enthymeme and am inclined to buy it all hook line and sinker but then I don't know much about this period myself

  2. says:

    Walker begins his book by reworking conventional histories of rhetoric suggesting “that ‘rhetoric’ as broadly conceived in the sophisticIsocratean tradition does not depend on rise or fall with democratic institutions rather ‘rhetoric’ so conceived may be democracy’s condition of possibility” x His history also troubles the boundary dividing “poetry” from “rhetoric” with Walker arguing that “epideiktikon” is not a hypertrophied rhetoric derived from “pragmatikon” but that the latter “depends on and appeals to the beliefsdesires that epideictic cultivates” 10 Tracing a genealogy that begins with Hesiod Walker claims “Isocrates Plato and Aristotle all agree” that just elouence “arises from a logon techne” based on an epideictic paradigm 41 Given these arguments the rhetorical “peaks” achieved during the lifetimes of Demosthenes and Cicero appear not as the ideal results of democratic contexts but “products of dysfunctional sociopolitical conditions” necessitating dramatic rhetorical acts in political arenas 108 The so called excesses of the traditionally denigrated “Second Sophistic” meanwhile are products of the relatively stable political conditions and concept of “justice” afforded by imperial rule with rhetoric as an “implicitly democratizing discourse art that mediates between the sovereign power and public judgment” 133 Extending his case for a rhetorical poetics Walker positions the oft devalued genre of “lyric” poetry as particularly rhetorical considering Theognis Pindar Alcaeus Solon and Sappho as poets who “make the case for a minority position by connecting the ‘new’ or unconventional position to an existing set of values” 164 Their poems function rhetorically each one culminating with an enthymematic “structuralstylistic turn that caps an exetasis” 184 Unfortunately in a tradition Walker traces from Aristotle through “Plutarch” Augustine and Sidney poetry has largely been co opted for aristocratic “grammatical” ends that eschew agonism and at best “cleverly tell the knowing what they know and think already is” 330

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