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Socrates and the fat rabbis

Author: Daniel Boyarin
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An innovative attempt to read Plato with the Talmud, and the Talmud with Plato, this book examines Platonic and Talmudic dialogues to show that in a sense they are not dialogic at all, but a monological discursive form yoked incongruously with a comic mode.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Plato.; Plato; Plato.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Boyarin
ISBN: 9780226069166 0226069168
OCLC Number: 317923001
Description: xiv, 388 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Preface : The cheese and the sermons: toward a microhistory of ideas --
In praise of indecorous acts of discourse: an essay by way of introduction --
"Confound laughter with seriousness": the Protagoras as monological dialogue --
"Confound seriousness with laughter": on monological and dialogical --
Reading "The Gorgias" --
Jesting words and dreadful lessons: the two voices of the Babylonian Talmud --
"Read Lucian!": Menippean satire and the literary world of the Babylonian Talmud --
Icaromeʻir: Rabbi Meʻir's Babylonian "Life" as Menippean satire --
"The truest tragedy": the Symposium as monologue --
A crude contradiction; or, The second accent of the Symposium --
Appendix: On the postmodern allegorical.
Responsibility: Daniel Boyarin.

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Using Michael Bakhtin's notion of represented dialogue and real dialogism, this title demonstrates, through multiple close readings, that the give-and-take in these texts is actually monologic in  Read more...

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