Pointing at the Past: From Formula to Performance in Homeric Poetics

Pointing at the Past: From Formula to Performance in Homeric Poetics

by Egbert J. Bakker
     
 

With numerous fresh linguistic observations Bakker shows that the epic narrator makes the epic past come to the present: epic is not only a verbal artifact that points to the past; it also is a performer's act of pointing at a past that has become present in and through language. Building on his earlier work, Egbert Bakker demonstrates the power of discourse… See more details below

Overview

With numerous fresh linguistic observations Bakker shows that the epic narrator makes the epic past come to the present: epic is not only a verbal artifact that points to the past; it also is a performer's act of pointing at a past that has become present in and through language. Building on his earlier work, Egbert Bakker demonstrates the power of discourse analysis as an essential tool for elucidating the poetics of the Homeric tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674019553
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/30/2006
Series:
Hellenic Studies Series, #12
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Peripheral and Nuclear Semantics

Formula, Context, and Synoymy

How Oral is Oral Composition?

Mimesis as Performance

The Poetics of Deixis

Storytelling in the Future

Similes, Augment, and the Language of Immediacy

Remembering the God's Arrival

Mohammed and the Mountain

Bibliography

General Index

Index of Passages Discussed

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