The Cast of Character: Style in Greek Literature (Google eBook)

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University of Texas Press, Jan 1, 2010 - Literary Criticism
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Well before Aristotle's Rhetoric elucidated the elements of verbal style that give writing its persuasive power, Greek poets and prose authors understood the importance of style in creating compelling characters to engage an audience. And because their works were composed in predominantly oral settings, their sense of style included not only the characters' manner of speaking, but also their appearance and deportment. From Homeric epic to classical tragedy and oratory, verbal and visual cues work hand-in-hand to create distinctive styles for literary characters.

In this book, Nancy Worman investigates the development and evolution of ideas about style in archaic and classical literature through a study of representations of Odysseus and Helen. She demonstrates that, as liars and imitators, pleasing storytellers, and adept users of costume, these two figures are especially skillful manipulators of style. In tracing the way literary representations of them changed through timeŚfrom Homer's positive portrayal of their subtle self-presentations to the sharply polarized portrayals of these same subtleties in classical tragedy and oratoryŚWorman also uncovers a nascent awareness among the Greek writers that style may be used not only to persuade but also to distract and deceive.

  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
KOSMOS AND THE TYPICAL CASTS OF CHARACTER
17
ORAL PERFORMANCE SPEECH TYPES AND TYPICAL STYLES IN HOMER
41
VISIBLE TYPES AND VISUALIZING STYLES IN ARCHAIC POETRY
82
VERBAL MASQUERADE AND VISUAL IMPACT IN TRAGEDY
108
MANIPULATING THE SENSES IN RHETORICAL SET PIECES
149
CONCLUSION
193
NOTES
197
BIBLIOGRAPHY
239
GENERAL INDEX
252
INDEX LOCORUM
264
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NANCY WORMAN is Assistant Professor of Classics at Barnard College, Columbia University.

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