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Editorial Bodies

A brief introduction/summary of the book: Editorial Bodies spans three cultural centers—Athens, Alexandria, and Rome—and six centuries to argue against the traditional view in rhetorical studies that associates deterioration in the political constitution of a region with its oratory and poetry surrendering their urgent and public qualities and becoming textual and literary. The book presents a case for the emergence and continuance of a body-based lexicon of compositional care that points to contestation over what kinds of words are worth putting out and keeping out in public in textual form. Furthermore, the book points to the social dynamics of prose and verse writing, which tend to be obscured by the reputations of genius conferred on the ancient writers who are featured.
Kennerly, Michele(2018). Editorial Bodies. University of South Carolina Press.

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