Editorial bodies : perfection and rejection in ancient rhetoric and poetics / Michele Kennerly.

Kennerly, Michele [Browse]
Columbia, South Carolina : The University of South Carolina Press, [2018]
xii, 242 pages ; 23 cm.


Studies in rhetoric/communication [More in this series]
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"Though typically considered oral cultures, ancient Greece and Rome also boasted textual cultures, enabled by efforts to perfect, publish, and preserve both new and old writing. In Editorial Bodies, Michele Kennerly argues that such efforts were commonly articulated through the extended metaphor of the body. They were also supported by people upon whom writers relied for various kinds of assistance and necessitated by lively debates about what sort of words should be put out and remain in public. Spanning ancient Athenian, Alexandrian, and Roman textual cultures, Kennerly shows that orators and poets attributed public value to their seemingly inward-turning compositional labors. After establishing certain key terms of writing and editing from classical Athens through late republican Rome, Kennerly focuses on works from specific orators and poets writing in Latin in the first century B.C.E. and the first century C.E.: Cicero, Horace, Ovid, Quintilian, Tacitus, and Pliny the Younger. The result is a rich and original history of rhetoric that reveals the emergence and endurance of vocabularies, habits, and preferences that sustained ancient textual cultures. This major contribution to rhetorical studies unsettles longstanding assumptions about ancient rhetoric and poetics by means of generative readings of both well-known and understudied texts." -- Publisher's description
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-225) and index.
  • Introduction: Corpus Care
  • The Polis(h) of Classical Athens
  • Hellenistic Gloss
  • Tales and Tools of the Oratorical Traditio in Cicero
  • Filing and Defiling Horace
  • Ovid's Exilic Expolitio
  • The Cares of Quintilian
  • Past, Present, and Future Perfect Eloquence
  • Conclusion: Kissing Tiro; or, Appreciating Editing.
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Perfection and rejection in ancient rhetoric and poetics
  • 9781611179101 (paperback ; : alkaline paper)
  • 1611179106 (paperback ; : alkaline paper)
  • 9781611179095 (hardcover ; : alkaline paper)
  • 1611179092 (hardcover ; : alkaline paper)
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  • 15316394
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