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    What Penelope Knew: Doubt and Scepticism in the Odyssey.Michelle Zerba - 2009 - Classical Quarterly 59 (02):295-.
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    Odyssean Charisma and the Uses of Persuasion.Michelle Zerba - 2009 - American Journal of Philology 130 (3):313-339.
    Challenging recent arguments that the implicit poetics of Homeric epic presents a poetry without rhetoric and a view of bards as independent of the context of performance, this article explores the Phaiakian episode in the Odyssey in an effort to demonstrate that the interactions between Odysseus' tale, the songs of Demodokos, and Homer's treatment of his hero reveal the workings of a rhetorical poetics. The predominance of a rhetorical stance in the poem is closely related to skepticism, the chief cognitive (...)
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    Doubt and Skepticism in Antiquity and the Renaissance.Michelle Zerba - 2013 - Cambridge University Press.
    This book is an interdisciplinary study of the forms and uses of doubt in works by Homer, Sophocles, Aristophanes, Cicero, Machiavelli, Shakespeare and Montaigne. Based on close analysis of literary and philosophical texts by these important authors, Michelle Zerba argues that doubt is a defining experience in antiquity and the Renaissance, one that constantly challenges the limits of thought and representation. The wide-ranging discussion considers issues that run the gamut from tragic loss to comic bombast, from psychological collapse to skeptical (...)
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