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Homeric Contexts

Neoanalysis and the Interpretation of Oral Poetry

Ed. by Montanari, Franco / Rengakos, Antonios / Tsagalis, Christos C.

Series:Trends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes 12

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    April 2012
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    Aims and Scope

    This volume aims at offering a critical reassessment of the progress made in Homeric research in recent years,focussing onits two main trends,Neonalysis and Oral Theory. Interpreting Homer in the 21st century asks for a holistic approach that allows us to reconsider some of our methodological tools and preconceptions concerning what we call Homeric poetry. The neoanalytical and oral 'booms', which have to a large extent influenced the way we see Homer today, may be re-evaluated if we are willing to endorse a more flexible approach to certain scholarly taboos pertaining to these two schools of interpretation. Song-traditions, formula, performance, multiformity on the one hand, and Motivforschung, Epic Cycle on the other, may not be so incompatible as we often tend to think.

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    x, 698 pages
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    Homer; Neoanalysis; Oral Poetry; Oral Theory

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    Franco Montanari, University of Genova, Italy; Antonios Rengakos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; Christos Tsagalis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.


    "Per quanto sommaria e selettiva, questa esposizione può dare comunque un’idea della varietà e complessità degli argomenti trattati. [...] a tutti va comunque riconosciuto un ottimo livello qualitativo, il che non sempre accade in pubblicazioni di questa natura."
    Francesco Bertolini in: Athenaeum 105.2 (2017), 836-837

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