Homeric Contexts: Neoanalysis and the Interpretation of Oral Poetry

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Franco Montanari, Antonios Rengakos, Christos C. Tsagalis
Walter de Gruyter, Apr 26, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 708 pages
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This volume aims at offering a critical reassessment of the progress made in Homeric research in recent years,focussing onits two main trends,Neonalysis and Oral Theory. Interpreting Homer in the 21st century asks for a holistic approach that allows us to reconsider some of our methodological tools and preconceptions concerning what we call Homeric poetry. The neoanalytical and oral 'booms', which have to a large extent influenced the way we see Homer today, may be re-evaluated if we are willing to endorse a more flexible approach to certain scholarly taboos pertaining to these two schools of interpretation. Song-traditions, formula, performance, multiformity on the one hand, and Motivforschung, Epic Cycle on the other, may not be so incompatible as we often tend to think.

 

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Contents

Introduction The Homeric Question Today
1
Theoretical Issues
11
Iliad
113
Odyssey
267
Language and Formulas
411
Homer and Beyond
469
Bibliography
581
List of Contributors
625
Indices
631
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Franco Montanari, University of Genova, Italy; Antonios Rengakos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; Christos Tsagalis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

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