Poetry as Performance: Homer and Beyond

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 26, 1996 - History - 254 pages
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With Homeric poetry, it is argued that no single definitive text could evolve until the oral traditions in which the epic was grounded became obsolete. In the watershed era of Aristarchus, around 150 BC, the gradual movement from relatively more fluid to more rigid stages of Homeric transmission reached a near-final point of textualization.
 

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Contents

a brief survey of concepts and aims
1
Mimesis and the making of identity in poetic performance
5
The Homeric nightingale and the poetics of variation in the art of a troubadour
7
Mimesis models of singers and the meaning of a Homeric epithet
39
Mimesis of Homer and beyond
59
Mimesis in lyric Sapphos Aphrodite and the Changing Woman of the Apache
87
Fixed text in theory shifting words in performance
105
Multiform epic and Aristarchus quest for the real Homer
107
Homer as script
153
Homer as scripture
187
dead poets and recomposed performers
207
Appendix
226
Bibliography
229
Index
248
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