Rhetoric and Poetics in Antiquity by Jeffrey Walker

Rhetoric and Poetics in Antiquity

byJeffrey Walker

Hardcover | June 15, 2000

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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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Jeffrey Walker is at Penn State University.

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Title:Rhetoric and Poetics in AntiquityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 1.3 inPublished:June 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195130359

ISBN - 13:9780195130355

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"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. Walkersrevitalization 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 studyof lyric forms from many cultures subsequent to that of archaic Greece."--Rhetorica