Homer's Traditional Art

Homer's Traditional Art

by John Miles Foley
     
 

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In recent decades, the evidence for an Oral epic in tradition in ancient Greece has grown enormously along with our ever-increasing awareness of worldwide oral traditions. John Foley here examines the artistic implications that oral tradition holds for the understanding of the Iliad and Odyssey in order to establish a context for their original performance and

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In recent decades, the evidence for an Oral epic in tradition in ancient Greece has grown enormously along with our ever-increasing awareness of worldwide oral traditions. John Foley here examines the artistic implications that oral tradition holds for the understanding of the Iliad and Odyssey in order to establish a context for their original performance and modern-day reception.

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Drawing from the considerable evidence concerning the oral epic tradition collected in recent decades, Foley (classics and English, U. of Missouri-Columbia) considers its artistic implications for understanding the and , particularly the context for their original performance and their modern-day reception. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
“John Miles Foley’s Homer’s Traditional Art is an important book for anyone interested in the application of oral theory to early Greek epic.”

—Susan C. Shelmerdine, Classical and Modern Literature

“No one interested in Homer can afford to ignore this book.”

—Susan C. Shelmerdine, Classical and Modern Literature

“His fluency in an eclectic but thoroughly integrated range of theoretical stances enhances the book’s utility as a methodological resource and its effectiveness as a guide for discovering the poetics that enable our reception of oral tradition verbal art forms such as the Homeric poems.”

—James Wells, Journal of Folklore Research

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271018706
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
06/18/1999
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

Meet the Author

John Miles Foley is William H. Byler Distinguished Chair in the Humanities and Curators' Professor of Classical Studies and English at the University of Missouri, Columbia, and the editor and founder of the journal Oral Tradition. Among his recent books are Traditional Oral Epic (1990) and The Singer of Tales in Performance (1995).

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