Title

Defending Ion: A Contemporary Rhapsode Replies

Department

Theatre & Performance Studies

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Summer 2008

Abstract

[Correction Notice: An erratum for this article was reported in Vol 4(3) of Storytelling, Self, Society (see record 2008-16392-006). In the article , the Figure 1 was originally omitted. The figure is given in the erratum. The publisher wishes to express its sincere regret for this error.] Plato's dialogue Ion begins the West's venerable suspicion of art, artists, and art-making in general and of the poetic, storytelling, and theatrical arts in particular. Plato's arguments against Ion, a rhapsode (i.e., a performer of Homeric epic poetry), may be read as strictly pertaining to the ancient rhapsodes--or may be read through as a kind of historicized defense of contemporary storytellers. This essay revisits and reconsiders Plato's dialogue and offers new replies for the hapless Ion.

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS