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Pindar's Verbal Art
     

Pindar's Verbal Art

by James Bradley Wells
 

In Pindar’s Verbal Art, James Bradley Wells argues that the victory song is a traditional art form that appealed to a popular audience and served exclusive elite interests through the inclusive appeal of entertainment, popular instruction, and laughter. This is the first study of Pindar’s language that applies performance as a method for the

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In Pindar’s Verbal Art, James Bradley Wells argues that the victory song is a traditional art form that appealed to a popular audience and served exclusive elite interests through the inclusive appeal of entertainment, popular instruction, and laughter. This is the first study of Pindar’s language that applies performance as a method for the ethnographic description and interpretation of entextualized records of verbal art. In Mikhail Bakhtin’s terms, Pindar’s Verbal Art is a sociological stylistics of epinician language and demonstrates that Pindar’s is a highly dialogical form of art, an intertextual web of voices, whose study enables us to appreciate popular dimensions of his songs. Wells offers a new take on recurrent Pindaric questions: genre, the unity of the victory song, tradition, and, principally, epinician performance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674036277
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Series:
Hellenic Studies Series , #40
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

James Bradley Wells is Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Hamilton College.

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