"Breathe Upon Us an Even Flame": Hephaestus, History, and the Body of Rhetoric

  title={"Breathe Upon Us an Even Flame": Hephaestus, History, and the Body of Rhetoric},
  author={Jay Dolmage},
  journal={Rhetoric Review},
  pages={119 - 140}
  • J. Dolmage
  • Published 1 April 2006
  • Art
  • Rhetoric Review
This essay challenges accepted versions of rhetorical history by recovering the mythical figure of Hephaestus and the cunning rhetoric he embodied, metis. This critical retelling offers a new and more expansive perspective on history, rhetoric, and embodiment, as it lays bare many of our assumptions about the available means of persuasion. The author asserts that a cunning approach to rhetoric might allow for the celebration of all of our embodied differences. 

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