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Declamation was once a staple of schooling and cultured literary lifestyles within the Roman global over many centuries. This publication bargains a thorough re-examination of the style, its social value, and its position within the historical past of the Western self. satirically, this style enthusiastic about "growing up" has been rejected by way of its personal posterity. Erik Gunderson explores the social and psychic dynamics of this refusal in the historical global in addition to past. The publication is of curiosity to experts in classics, rhetoric, queer reviews, and psychoanalytic literary criticism.

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Ridiculous as they are, then, the declamations themselves offer a comic version of the very serious stuff from which one produces authority and authenticity at Rome. 80 The first can and will imagine a son who beat his 77 78 79 80 Compare Foucault on the plurality of egos as an effect of the “author-function” (Foucault 1977: 130). See Butler 1990: 12–16. ” We read for positions in a structure and a series of substitutions. Repetition and displacement produce differences that allow for the analysis of the meaning of the structure as a whole (Felman 1987: 40–45).

Recalling declamation 31 within a specific milieu. A speaker recalls and records himself within and for this world. His speech does not merely make use of memory; ideally his speech makes him memorable, and it marks him out as a man worth remembering: a speaker seeks to produce the very sort of reminiscences that a Seneca will later recall and record. ”7 Significantly, this phrase is itself a recollection of a phrase of Cato the Elder. We should accordingly appreciate that this history of rhetoric also aspires to become a history of virtuous masculinity, remembrances of good men past.

51. That is, one does not qualify it and say “sluggardly existence” uel sim. Next, quod nati sunt can readily mean a terse, simple “because they were born” without any adjectival modification of the nati. 5. The one citation is personally associated with our author, and the other is associated by genre. Let us then break the sentence into three insults: they are soft, they merely exist, they are sexually scandalous. Recalling declamation 37 The elaborate play of words for sleep and wakefulness culminates in a portrait of a most scandalous boudoir: the rhetorical crisis is readily interpreted as a crisis wherein one now aspires both to indulge in passive homosexuality and to launch sexual assaults upon others.

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