Homer Beside Himself: Para-Narratives in the Iliad

Homer Beside Himself: Para-Narratives in the Iliad

by Maureen Alden
     
 

ISBN-10: 019815285X

ISBN-13: 9780198152859

Pub. Date: 03/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In this book Dr Alden offers advice on how to read the Iliad through the relationship of major paradigms to the events of the main narrative. The first section offers the first full-length study in English of the paradigmatic functions of secondary narratives and minor-key episodes in the Iliad. None of these are irrelevant or merely ornamental:

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In this book Dr Alden offers advice on how to read the Iliad through the relationship of major paradigms to the events of the main narrative. The first section offers the first full-length study in English of the paradigmatic functions of secondary narratives and minor-key episodes in the Iliad. None of these are irrelevant or merely ornamental: rather each is carefully selected and altered if necessary, to reflect on significant episodes of the main narrative and act as guides to its interpretation. The second section offers a general reading of the Iliad arising out of Phoenix's advice to Achilles in Book 9.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198152859
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
Abbreviations
1Introduction1
2Para-Narratives13
3The Shield of Achilles48
4Nestor: Paradigms from Personal Experience74
5Diomede: Debate in Para-Narrative112
6Genealogy as Paradigm153
7The Paradigm of Meleager: Application and Implication179
Michael Longley, 'Ceasefire'291
App. AApproaches to Homer's Narratives292
App. BThe Nature of Homer's Text297
App. CThe Meaning of the Exchange of Armour305
App. DThe Hero's Death by Destruction of a Life-Token309
App. EThe Motivation Ascribed to Wives Entreating Husbands311
References319
Index of Passages Cited339
General Index355

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