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ERIC Number: EJ783605
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
Go Tell Alcibiades: Tragedy, Comedy, and Rhetoric in Plato's "Symposium"
Crick, Nathan; Poulakos, John
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v94 n1 p1-22 Feb 2008
Plato's "Symposium" is a significant but neglected part of his elaborate and complex attitude toward rhetoric. Unlike the intellectual discussion of the "Gorgias" or the unscripted conversation of the "Phaedrus," the "Symposium" stages a feast celebrating and driven by the forces of "Eros." A luxuriously stylish performance rather than a rational critique or a bemused apotheosis of rhetoric, the "Symposium" asks to be read within a performative tradition that emphasizes the artistic enactment of both argument and story as well as the incarnation of utterances intoxicated by wine and erotic urge. Only by fully embracing the festive complexion of the "Symposium" can one escape the claims of its words and come close to the spirit that inhabits its tragic vision and comic sophistication. At stake in this approach is our understanding of ourselves as actors in and spectators of the drama of life, a drama punctuated by rhetorical ecstasies that underwrite the wish for immortality. (Contains 39 notes.)
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Language: English
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