The Odyssey Re-Formed
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Odyssey Re-Formed by Frederick Ahl
Book DescriptionFrederick Ahl and Hanna M. Roisman believe that contemporary readers who do not know ancient Greek can gain a sophisticated grasp of the Odyssey if they are aware of some of the issues that intrigue and puzzle the experts. They offer a challenging new reading of the epic that is directed to the general student of literature as well as to the classicist.Ahl and Roisman suggest that, while translators have served the Odyssey and its English-speaking readers remarkably well, the nonspecialist wishing to do a more detailed, critical reading of the epic faces a dilemma. The enormous scholarly literature makes few concessions to the nonspecialist, and those studies designed for general readers tend to offer variations on the overly simple, idealized readings of the epic common in high school and college survey courses.The Odyssey Re-Formed offers a lively and detailed reading of the Odyssey, episode by episode, with particular attention paid to the manipulative power of its language and Homer's skill in using that power. The authors explore how myth is shaped for specific, rhetorical reasons and suggest ways in which the epic uses its audience's awareness of the varied pool of mythic traditions to give the Odyssey remarkable and subtle resonances that have profound poetic power.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801483356
(229mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 30-May-1996
Country of Publication: United States
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Frederick Ahl's new translation captures the excitement, poetic energy, and intellectual force of Virgil's epic poem in a way that has never been done before. Echoing the Virgilian hexameter the verse stays almost line for line with the original in a thrillingly accurate and engaging style.
Two Faces of Oedipus, Paperback (January 2008)
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Trojan Women, Paperback (October 1986)
This free and eloquent translation skillfully reproduces the imagery, power, and frequent irony and sarcasm of Seneca's...
Medea, Paperback (October 1986)» View all books by Frederick Ahl
In this powerful and imaginative translation of Medea, Frederick Ahl retains the compelling effects of the monologues, as well as the special feeling and pacing of Seneca's choruses.
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