Greek Ritual Poetics

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Investigating ritual in Greece from cross-disciplinary and transhistorical perspectives, Greek Ritual Poetics offers novel readings of the pivotal role of ritual in Greek traditions by exploring a broad spectrum of texts, art, and social practices. This collection of essays written by an international group of leading scholars in a number of disciplines presents a variety of methodological approaches to secular and religious rituals, and to the narrative and conceptual strategies of their reenactment and ...
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Overview


Investigating ritual in Greece from cross-disciplinary and transhistorical perspectives, Greek Ritual Poetics offers novel readings of the pivotal role of ritual in Greek traditions by exploring a broad spectrum of texts, art, and social practices. This collection of essays written by an international group of leading scholars in a number of disciplines presents a variety of methodological approaches to secular and religious rituals, and to the narrative and conceptual strategies of their reenactment and manipulation in literary, pictorial, and social discourses. Addressing understudied aspects of Greek ritual and societies, this book will prove significant for classicists, anthropologists, Byzantinists, art historians, neohellenists, and comparatists interested in the interaction between ritual, aesthetics, and cultural communicative systems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674017924
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2005
  • Series: Hellenic Studies Series , #3
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 492
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Dimitrios Yatromanolakis is a former Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University and a recipient of the Berlin Prize.

Panagiotis Roilos is George Seferis Professor of Modern Greek Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

1 Provisionally structured ideas on a heuristically defined concept : toward a ritual poetics 3
2 Monumentality and ritual in archaic Greece 37
3 Ritual poetics in archaic Lesbos : contextualizing genre in Sappho 56
4 Tragedy, ritual, and money 71
5 Not by words alone : ritual approaches to Greek literature 94
6 Ritual and poetics in Greek modernism 121
7 Poetics of repetition in Homer 139
8 Now and forever in Greek drama and ritual 149
9 Gendering the Athenian funeral : ritual reality and tragic manipulations 161
10 "Let the good prevail" : perversions of the ritual process in Greek tragedy 189
11 Playing at ritual : variations on a theme in Byzantine religious tales 199
12 The sacred and the profane : re-enacting ritual in the medieval Greek novel 210
13 Human rites : building and bombing bridges in the Balkans 227
14 The "anodos" of the bride 245
15 The narratological role of social and religious rituals in Herodotus' Histories 261
16 Dance as ritual, dance as performance 279
17 Wedding : re-composing a ritual in shadow theater performances 297
18 The body's language : representations of dance in modern Greek literature 307
19 In a virtual wild space : pilgrimage and Rite de Passage from Delphi to Sabarimalai 323
20 Ritual dreams and historical orders : incubation between paganism and Christianity 338
21 The ritual of petition 356
22 Rites of spring : ritual, resistance, and taxonomic regimentation in Greek cultural history 371
23 How to do things with things : architecture and ritual in northern Greece 383
24 Little soldiers for/against the state : embodied repositionings in a male rite of passage in northern Greece 405
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