Declamation, Paternity, and Roman Identity: Authority and the Rhetorical Self

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Declamation was a staple of education and cultured literary life in the Roman world over many centuries. This book offers a radical re-evaluation of the genre, its social importance, and its role in the history of the Western self. Ironically, this genre obsessed with "growing up" has been rejected by its own posterity. Erik Gunderson explores the social and psychic dynamics of this refusal within the ancient world as well as beyond. The book is of interest to specialists in classics, rhetoric, queer studies, and psychoanalytic literary criticism.

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For centuries declamation was a staple of education and cultured literary life in the Roman world. This book offers a radical reevaluation of the genre, its social import, and its place in the history of the Western self. Ironically this genre that is obsessed with 'growing up' hs been rejected but its own posterity. Professor Gunderson explores the social and psychic dynamics of this refusal both within the ancient world and beyond. The book will interest specialists in classics, rhetoric, queer studies, and psychoanalytic literary criticism.

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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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