Orality, Literacy and Performance in the Ancient World: Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World

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Elizabeth Minchin
BRILL, Dec 9, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 268 pages
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The ninth meeting in the international Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World series - in the fiftieth year since the publication in 1960 of Albert Lord's The Singer of Tales - took as its theme 'Composition and Performance'. This volume contains a selection of those papers, several of which illustrate methodologically innovative approaches to the act of composition, the nature of performance, and vocalization in text. Under consideration are Homer, Hesiod, Plato, Isocrates, the orators of the Second Sophistic, and Proclus. Cross-cultural studies include, amongst others, South Slavic epic and a text from the Sanskrit archive.
  

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Contents

The Audience Expects Penelope and Odysseus
3
The Presentation of Song in Homers Odyssey
25
Comparative Perspectives on the Composition of the Homeric Simile
55
Composing Lines Performing Acts Clauses Discourse Acts and Melodic Units in a South Slavic Epic Song
89
Works and Days As Performance
111
PART II LITERACY AND ORALITY
127
Empowering the Sacred The Function of the Sanskrit Text in a Contemporary Exposition of the Bhagavatapurana
129
Prompts for Participation in Early Philosophical Texts
151
Performing an Academic Talk Proclus on Hesiods Works and Days
183
The Criticismand the Practiceof Literacy in the Ancient Philosophical Tradition
201
Reading Books Talking Culture The Performance of Paideia in Imperial Greek Literature
227
Eumolpus Poeta at Work Rehearsed Spontaneity in the Satyricon
245
Index
265
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Elizabeth Minchin, PhD (1990) in Classics, Australian National University, teaches Ancient Greek and Latin language and literature at the ANU. Her research field is Homer and memory. Recent publications are "Homer and the Resources of Memory" and "Homeric Voices." Contributors include: Deborah Beck, Anna Bonifazi, Mathilde Cambron-Goulet, James Collins, David Elmer, Adrian Kelly, Jeroen Lauwers, Patrizia Marzillo, Jonathan Ready, Ruth Scodel, Niall Slater and McComas Taylor.