The Raft of Odysseus
The Ethnographic Imagination of Homer's "Odyssey"
By (author) Carol Dougherty
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Raft of Odysseus by Carol Dougherty
Book DescriptionThe Raft of Odysseus looks at the fascinating intersection of traditional myth with an enthnographically-viewed Homeric world. Carol Dougherty argues that the resourcefulness of Odysseus as an adventurer on perilous seas served as an example to Homer's society which also had to adjust in inventive ways to turbulent conditions. The fantastic adventures of Odysseus act as a prism for the experiences of Homer's own listeners-traders, seafarers, storytellers, soldiers-and give us a glimpse into their own world of hopes and fears, 500 years after the Iliadic events were supposed to have happened. In the course of her argument, Dougherty makes liberal use of what we know about Mycenean and archaic artifacts, comparing the realities of historical shipbuilding or weaving, for example, with the often magnificently inflated account of the epics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195130362
(244mm x 164mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Carol Dougherty
Cultures within Ancient Greek Culture, Paperback (June 2011)
This book challenges the conventional perception of ancient Greece as the paradigm for unified models of culture.
Prometheus, Paperback (December 2005)
Offering a comparative approach, including visual material and film, this book provides an introduction to the Promethean myth and locates the nature of this compelling tale's continuing relevance through history, from its origins in ancient Greece, to its appearance in Romantic age works and twentieth-century films.
Cultural Poetics in Archaic Greece, Paperback (January 1998)
A paperback reprint of a hardback originally published by Cambridge University Press in 1993, and derived from a conference held at Wellesley in 1990. It aims to represent a critical milestone in the cultural poetics movement, which lies at the intersection of New Historicism and classical studies.
Poetics of Colonization, Hardback (October 1993)» View all books by Carol Dougherty
Using anthropological and literary theory, this study explores how the ancient Greeks recounted tales of their colonization of foreign lands. The perceptions of the Greeks are explored through explicit comparison with later European narratives of New World colonization.
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