Reading Homer: Film and Text

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Kostas Myrsiades
Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 258 pages
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These nine new essays on Homer's epics deal not only with major Homeric themes of time (honor), kleos (fame), geras (rewards), the psychology of Homeric warriors, and the re-evaluation of type scenes, but also with Homer's influence on contemporary film. Following the introduction and an essay which sets the historical background for the epics, four essays are devoted to fresh analysis of key passages and themes while another four turn to a discussion of the film Troy and Homer's influence on two other genres of American cinema.

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Contents

Why Read Homer?
7
Greeks and Others in a Dark Age
21
Geras and Guest Gifts in Homer
58
Copyright

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Kostas Myrsiades is Professor of Comparative Literature and English at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He is a distinguished translator and neo-hellenist and the first American to receive the Gold Medallion for his translations from the Hellenic Society of Translators of Literature. His work in Greek letters is not only demonstrated in his 18 published books and numerous articles on modern and ancient Greek literature but also in the many invited lectures he has delivered for such groups as the Jane Globus Seminar Series Lecture at Baruch College, the Elytis Chair Lecture Series of Poetry and Neohellenic Studies at Rutgers, and the Embassy of Greece/National Library of Canada Lecture at Ottawa. He is the editor of College Literature, a quarterly of literary criticism, theory, and pedagogy, which has been the recipient of six awards from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, including the Phoenix Award for distinguished editorial achievement.

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