Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic

Author: Christos Tsagalis

Publisher: Brill

ISBN: 9789004376908

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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Volume 2 of the Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic presents seven innovative articles on a diverse array of subjects. It will be of interest to all students and scholars of ancient Greek epic.
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Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic

Author: N.A

Publisher: Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic

ISBN: 9789004398511

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 204

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Volume 3 of Yearbook of Ancient Greek Epic explores interconnections between the Odyssey and the Nostoi and the Telegony of the Epic Cycle. Topics include pre-Homeric myth, intertextuality between orally performed epics, and the flexible boundaries of early epics.
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The Homeric Simile in Comparative Perspectives

Oral Traditions from Saudi Arabia to Indonesia

Author: Jonathan L. Ready

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198802552

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 336

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The Homeric Simile in Comparative Perspectives: Oral Traditions from Saudi Arabia to Indonesia investigates both the construction of the Homeric simile and the performance of Homeric poetry from neglected comparative perspectives, offering a revealing exploration of what made the epics such powerful examples of verbal artistry. Divided into two parts, the volume first considers similes in five modern oral poetries-Rajasthani epic, South Sumatran epic, Kyrgyz epic, Bosniac epic, and Najdi lyric poems from Saudi Arabia-and studies successful performances by still other verbal artists, such as Egyptian singers of epic, Turkish minstrels, and Chinese storytellers. In applying these findings to the Homeric epics, the second part presents a new take on how the Homeric poets put together their similes and alters our understanding of how the poets displayed their competence as performers of verbal art and interacted with their poetic peers and predecessors. Engaging intensively with a diverse array of scholarship from outside the field of classical studies, from folkloristics to cognitive linguistics, this truly interdisciplinary volume transforms how we view not only a central feature of Homeric poetry but also the very nature of Homeric performance.
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Poetry in Fragments

Studies on the Hesiodic Corpus and its Afterlife

Author: Christos Tsagalis

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110537583

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 317

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Next to the Theogony and the Works and Days stands an entire corpus of fragmentary works attributed to the Boeotian poet Hesiod that has during the last thirty years attracted growing scholarly interest. Whereas other studies have concentrated either on the interpretation of the best preserved work of this corpus, the Catalogue of Women, or have offered detailed commentaries, this volume aims at bringing together studies focusing on generic and contextual factors pertaining to the various works of the Hesiodic corpus, the Catalogue of Women included, and the corpus' afterlife in Rome and Byzantium.
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Homer and the Poetics of Gesture

Author: Alex Purves

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0190857927

Category: Poetry

Page: 232

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Homer and the Poetics of Gesture is the first book of its kind to consider the epic formula in terms that are gestural as well as verbal. Drawing on studies from multiple disciplines, including movement theory, dance studies, phenomenology, and early film, it suggests new approaches for interpreting the relationship between repetition and embodiment in Homer. Through a series of dynamic close readings, Purves argues that the deep-seated habits and gestures of epic bodies are instrumental to our understanding of the Iliad and Odyssey, especially insofar as they attune us to the kinetic structures and sensibilities that shape the meaning of the poems. Each of the chapters isolates a scene in which a specific action, posture, or gesture (falling, running, leaping, standing, and reaching) emerges from the background of its other iterations in order to make larger claims about its poetic significance within the epics as a whole. Beginning from the premise that gestures are shared between characters and often identically repeated within the poems' formulaic system, the book reconsiders long-standing arguments about Homeric agency and character by focusing on those moments when a gesture diverges from its expected course, redirecting the plot or drawing the poem in new and surprising directions. Homer and the Poetics of Gesture not only affords new insights into the nature of epic repetition and poetic originality but also reveals unnoticed connections between Homeric structure and technique and the embodied habits and movements of the characters within the poems.
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Orality, Textuality, and the Homeric Epics

An Interdisciplinary Study of Oral Texts, Dictated Texts, and Wild Texts

Author: Jonathan L. Ready

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 019883506X

Category: History

Page: 368

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Written texts of the Iliad and the Odyssey achieved an unprecedented degree of standardization after 150 BCE, but what about Homeric texts prior to the emergence of standardized written texts? Orality, Textuality, and the Homeric Epics sheds light on that earlier history by drawing on scholarship from outside the discipline of classical studies to query from three different angles what it means to speak of Homeric poetry together with the word "text". Part I utilizes work in linguistic anthropology on oral texts and oral intertextuality to illuminate both the verbal and oratorical landscapes our Homeric poets fashion in their epics and what the poets were striving to do when they performed. Looking to folkloristics, part II examines modern instances of the textualization of an oral traditional work in order to reconstruct the creation of written versions of the Homeric poems through a process that began with a poet dictating to a scribe. Combining research into scribal activity in other cultures, especially in the fields of religious studies and medieval studies, with research into performance in the field of linguistic anthropology, part III investigates some of the earliest extant texts of the Homeric epics, the so-called wild papyri. By looking at oral texts, dictated texts, and wild texts, this volume traces the intricate history of Homeric texts from the Archaic to the Hellenistic period, long before the emergence of standardized written texts, in a comparative and interdisciplinary study that will benefit researchers in a number of disciplines across the humanities.
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Goethe Yearbook

Author: Thomas P. Saine

Publisher: Camden House

ISBN: 9781571130204

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 305

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A publication of the Goethe Society of North America, carrying Goethe criticism (and studies of his contemporaries); extensive book review section.
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