Rhetoric and Poetics in Antiquity

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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 oratory, the book argues in four extended essays that epideictic-poetic eloquence was central, even fundamental, to the rhetorical tradition in antiquity. In essence, Jeffrey Walker's study accomplishes what in the world of rhetoric studies amounts to a revolution: he demonstrates that in antiquity rhetoric and poetry could not be viewed separately.

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"Rhetoric and Poetics in Antiquity is an excellent book...Walker has provided an important, original, and insightful rival view of the relationship between rhetoric and poetics. As with any innovative work, it may meet with initial resistance by some of the more traditional members of our discipline. I believe, however, that this work will be viewed immediately and especially over time as an important contribution. By its topic, it will attract those interested in literature and rhetoric. The clarity of the writing is a great strength, as is the organization and the overall development of the thesis. I benefit greatly from reading this work and...hope that my comments will induce our colleagues to read and thereby benefit from Walker's scholarship."--Rhetoric Review


"Walker engages two particularly contentious issues in the history of rhetoric, offering a novel reconstruction of rhetoric's origins and a revised account of the relationship between rhetoric and poetics in Classical Greece and Rome...[A] very ambitious and challenging book. Walker's revitalization of 'epideictic' should provoke greater scrutiny of the ancient understandings of that category. His blurring the traditional boundaries separating rhetoric from poetics is both innovative and cogent. The 'rhetorical poetics' he proposes will no doubt be profitably applied in the study of lyric forms from many cultures subsequent to that of archaic Greece."--Rhetorica


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Book Description Condition: New. Oxford University Press, 2000. 416p. Hardback. Small, light stain to fore edge. Nice copy. 'I believe Walker's book will interest teachers of classics, even if they shy away from 'rhetoric' per se. They might find themselves forced to rethink what they mean by that term. To my mind, the historical narrative of the changing meaning of rhetoric is the most impressive and useful part of this book (others may find more for themselves in the readings of archaic lyric). I can, for instance, immediately see that Walker's thesis will affect the way I discuss ancient educational practice and such phenomena as declamation in my own courses on Greek and Roman literature. Where specifically Walker struck me as most compelling was in his contention that there is an important relationship between rhetoric and democracy or justice, but that it is not the received one. The standard histories of rhetoric would have it that rhetoric is a democratic phenomenon, or that it at least requires a political system open to contestation in the courts and assemblies. Thus under Hellenistic monarchies or the Roman empire rhetoric goes into decline. Walker's book, by contrast, approaches democracy as a 'rhetorical' phenomenon. For him lyric rhetoric (and here epideictic prose is analogous to lyric) in its 'maximal' form serves as a condition for or an embodiment of democracy, through modeling contestation, persuasion, and judgment, even where prevailing political conditions, as in archaic Greece or imperial Rome, cannot even imagine true democracy. In summary, with this book, which is thoroughly researched and relatively unmarred with production errors, Walker argues for an expanded, non-traditional conception of what 'rhetoric' meant and can still mean, and he marshals the ample support of ancient authorities from Hesiod to late antiquity and beyond to make his case.' (BRIAN W. BREED in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2001.03.16). Condition: New. 1. Seller Inventory # 44281

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