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Chapter 10 - Words at War

Textual Violence in Eusebius of Caesarea

from Part III - Knowledge, Power, and Symbolic Violence

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 September 2020

Kate Cooper
Affiliation:
Royal Holloway, University of London
Jamie Wood
Affiliation:
University of Lincoln
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Summary

This study seeks to analyse Eusebius’ Praeparatio Evangelica in terms of a fourfold taxonomy of modes textual violence: the relationship of the text’s composition to historical acts of violence, its narration of acts of violence, its adoption of violent language for otherwise not (necessarily) violent actions or practices, and its violence against the integrity of its opponents’ identities, thought, and writings. While the first two modes are more limited, the latter two modes of textual violence are exquisitely expressed – and yet simultaneously deeply complicated – by Eusebius’ apologetic work. De Certeau’s notion of a tactics of textual poaching, in particular, prompts a cautious reconsideration of how quotation of one’s opponents might (or might not) work as a mode of textual violence.

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Social Control in Late Antiquity
The Violence of Small Worlds
, pp. 213 - 231
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2020

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  • Words at War
  • Edited by Kate Cooper, Royal Holloway, University of London, Jamie Wood, University of Lincoln
  • Book: Social Control in Late Antiquity
  • Online publication: 18 September 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108783491.015
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  • Words at War
  • Edited by Kate Cooper, Royal Holloway, University of London, Jamie Wood, University of Lincoln
  • Book: Social Control in Late Antiquity
  • Online publication: 18 September 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108783491.015
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  • Words at War
  • Edited by Kate Cooper, Royal Holloway, University of London, Jamie Wood, University of Lincoln
  • Book: Social Control in Late Antiquity
  • Online publication: 18 September 2020
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108783491.015
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