Reading the "Odyssey"
Selected Interpretive Essays
Edited by Seth L. Schein
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Reading the Odyssey by Seth L. Schein
Book DescriptionThis wide-ranging collection makes available to specialists and nonspecialists alike important critical work on the Odyssey produced during the last half century. The ten essays address five major concerns: the poem's programmatic representation of social and religious institutions and values; its transformation of folktales and traditional stories into epic adventures; its representation of gender roles and, in particular, of Penelope; its narrative strategies and form; and its relation to the Iliad, especially to that epic's distinctive conception of heroism. In the introduction, Seth L. Schein describes the poetic background to the work and suggests a variety of interpretive approaches, some of which are developed in the essays that follow. These essays include previously published work by Jean-Pierre Vernant, Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Pietro Pucci, and Charles P. Segal. There also are a new essay by Laura M. Slatkin, two revised and expanded ones by Nancy Felson-Rubin and Michael N. Nagler, and three appearing in English for the first time by Uvo Hlscher, Karl Reinhardt, and Vernant. The result is a collection that juxtaposes older, often hard-to-find articles with significant newer pieces in a way that allows for a fruitful dialogue among them.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691044392
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 28-Nov-1995
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Seth L. Schein
Homeric Epic and its Reception, Hardback (December 2015)
Homeric Epic and its Reception, comprising twelve chapters-some previously published but revised for this collection, and others appearing here in print for the first time-offers literary interpretations of the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite.
Sophocles: Philoctetes, Hardback (September 2013)
Accessible edition with commentary of this widely read but highly complex and challenging play.
Mortal Hero, Paperback (November 1985)» View all books by Seth L. Schein
Addressed mainly to non-specialist readers who do not know Greek and who read, study, or teach the Iliad in translation, this book is also meant for classical scholars whose professional specialization has prevented them from keeping abreast of recent work on Homer.
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