A Narratological Commentary on the Odyssey
By (author) Irene J. F. de Jong
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Narratological Commentary on the Odyssey by Irene J. F. de Jong
Book DescriptionWhereas traditional commentaries tend to be comprehensive and micro-textual, this narratological commentary, first published in 2001, focuses on one aspect of the Odyssey, its narrativity, and pays lavish attention to the meso- and macro-levels. Drawing on the concepts of modern narratology as well as the insights of Homeric scholarship, it discusses the role of narrator and narratees, methods of characterization and description, plot-development, focalization, and the narrative exploitation of type-scenes. Full attention is also given to the structure, characterizing function, and relation to the narrative context of the abundantly present speeches. Finally, the numerous themes and motifs, which so subtly contribute to the unity of this long text, are traced and evaluated. Although Homer's brilliant narrative art has always been admired, this commentary aims to lay bare the techniques responsible for this brilliance. All Greek is translated and all technical terms explained in a glossary.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521468442
(247mm x 174mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 22-Nov-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Irene J. F. de Jong
Narratology and Classics, Hardback (July 2014)
Narratology and the Classics is the first introduction to narratology that deals with classical narrative in epic, historiography, biography, the ancient novel, but also the many narratives inserted in drama or lyric.
Homer: Iliad Book 22, Hardback (January 2012)» View all books by Irene J. F. de Jong
Edition for students and scholars of this climactic book in the epic featuring the fatal encounter between Hector and Achilles.
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Author Biography - Irene J. F. de Jong
Irene de Jong is Professor of Ancient Greek Literature at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. Her publications include Narrators and Focalizers: The Presentation of the Story in the Iliad (1987) and Narrative in Drama: The Art of the Euripidean Messenger-Speech (1991).
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