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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674019555

ISBN-13: 9780674019553

Pub. Date: 01/30/2006

Publisher: Harvard University Press


Epic is not only a nostalgic memory of a remote past, but also, as performance, a deliberate act in the present. In fact, as this book argues, memory is itself a deliberate act when it is turned into epic language. With numerous fresh linguistic observations the author shows that the epic narrator makes the epic past come to the present: epic is not…  See more details below

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Epic is not only a nostalgic memory of a remote past, but also, as performance, a deliberate act in the present. In fact, as this book argues, memory is itself a deliberate act when it is turned into epic language. With numerous fresh linguistic observations the author 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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