Interpreting Classical Texts

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How should I interpret a classical text? However I interpret it, someone else will so do differently, and even the nature of the interpreter's task is a matter of dispute; consensus is not a realistic prospect. Malcolm Heath sees the inevitability of such disagreements, not as a problem to be deplored, but as a constructive force, at once an essential part of the process of enquiry and a reflection of the endless diversity of the questions that interest the readers of classical texts. Accordingly he argues for an...

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Overview

How should I interpret a classical text? However I interpret it, someone else will so do differently, and even the nature of the interpreter's task is a matter of dispute; consensus is not a realistic prospect. Malcolm Heath sees the inevitability of such disagreements, not as a problem to be deplored, but as a constructive force, at once an essential part of the process of enquiry and a reflection of the endless diversity of the questions that interest the readers of classical texts. Accordingly he argues for an approach to interpretation that is theoretically reflective and committed to an open-ended, yet rigorously critical, pluralism. Against that background he examines a range of issues in literary theory, including the nature and significance of authorial intention, the relevance of context and reception, and the possibility and value of historically oriented interpretation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780715631744
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/15/2007
  • Series: Duckworth Classical Essays
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Malcolm Heath is Professor of Greek Language and Literature at the University of Leeds. His publications include The Poetics of Greek Tragedy (1987), Political Comedy in Aristophanes (1987), Unity in Greek Poetics (1989) and Hermogenes on Issues (1995).

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
1 Interpretation and dissent 9
1.1 Disagreement 9
1.2 Reflection 11
1.3 Theory 16
1.4 Philosophy 21
1.5 Agreement 31
2 Variety in interpretation 39
2.1 Pluralism 39
2.2 Questions 46
2.3 Questions of interpretation 49
2.4 Meaning and significance 53
3 Good intentions 59
3.1 What are intentions? 60
3.2 Are intentions knowable? 79
3.3 Are intentions interesting? 83
3.4 In defence of reading 94
4 Contexts and consequences 99
4.1 Preconceptions 100
4.2 The context of interpretation 108
4.3 Contexts of composition 111
4.4 The challenge of ancient interpretation 117
4.5 Consequences 127
Notes 135
Further Reading 143
Index 151
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