The Rhetoric of Identity in Isocrates: Text, Power, Pedagogy

The Rhetoric of Identity in Isocrates: Text, Power, Pedagogy

by Yun Lee Too
     
 

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The rhetoric of identity in Isocrates offers a sustained interpretation of the Isocratean corpus, showing that rhetoric is a language which the author uses to create a political identity for himself in fourth-century Athens. Dr Too examines how Isocrates' discourse addresses anxieties surrounding the written word in a democratic culture which values the spoken word as… See more details below

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The rhetoric of identity in Isocrates offers a sustained interpretation of the Isocratean corpus, showing that rhetoric is a language which the author uses to create a political identity for himself in fourth-century Athens. Dr Too examines how Isocrates' discourse addresses anxieties surrounding the written word in a democratic culture which values the spoken word as the privileged means of political expression. Isocrates makes written culture the basis for a revisionary Athenian politics and of a rhetoric of Athenian hegemony. In addition, Isocrates takes issue with the popular image of the professional teacher in the age of the sophist, combating the negative stereotype of the greedy sophist who corrupts the city's youth in his portrait of himself as a teacher of rhetoric. He daringly reinterprets the pedagogue as a figure who produces a discourse which articulates political authority. This book offers an interdisciplinary approach to ancient rhetoric and should appeal to people with interests in the fields of classics, history, the history of political thought, literature, literary theory, philosophy and education. All passages in Greek and Latin have been translated to ensure accessibility to non-classicists.

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"Students of ancient rhetoric will be very glad that there is now a monograph on Isocrates in English....They will find the book interesting and suggestive...." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"The Rhetoric of Identity in Isocrates strengthens our understanding of the process by which Isocrates created his literary ethos and the necessity for such a rhetorical display." Rhetoric Review

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ISBN-13:
9780521124522
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/10/2009
Series:
Cambridge Classical Studies Series
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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