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Sappho in the Making : The Early Reception - Dimitrios Yatromanolakis

Sappho in the Making

The Early Reception

Paperback Published: 1st January 2008
ISBN: 9780674026865
Number Of Pages: 300

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This book offers the first interdisciplinary and in-depth study of the cultural practices and ideological paradigms that conditioned the politics of the "reading" of Sappho's songs in the early and most pivotal stages of her reception. In this wide-ranging synthesis, Dimitrios Yatromanolakis investigates visual representations and ancient texts in their synchronic and diachronic multilayeredness to trace the discursive nexuses that defined the making of "Sappho" in the late archaic, classical, and early Hellenistic periods. Offering a systematic analysis of the contextual cues provided by vase paintings and focusing on the sociocultural institution of the symposion, this book explores the intricate modes of the assimilation of Sappho's poetry into diverse social, aesthetic, and performative contexts. Drawing on a number of disciplines, including archaeology, papyrology, and anthropology, "Sappho in the Making" articulates a new methodological Problematik on the reception of archaic Greek socioaesthetic cultures.

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Note on Transliterationp. xxi
An Anthropology of Receptionp. 1
Paradigms and Filtersp. 7
Classics and Anthropologyp. 21
The Persistence of Allegory: Expected Horizons and Textualized Culturesp. 23
Cultural Translations and Writing Practicesp. 26
Beyond Fictionalization: Agency, Collective Schemata, and Interdiscursivityp. 34
Mythopraxis and Traditions in Fluxp. 42
"Coining" Sappho and the Hermeneutics of Vraisemblancep. 48
Ethnographic Archives of Vraisemblance in Attic Ceramicsp. 51
A Syntax of Image and Representationp. 52
The Social Life of Attic Vasesp. 57
Visualizing Idealized Cognitive Modelsp. 59
Connotation and Denotationp. 61
[Sappho] in the Imagep. 63
Performing with a Barbitosp. 68
Two Singers-Togetherp. 73
The Grammar of Late Performancesp. 81
Yes, in the Company of a Young Womanp. 88
The Tithonos Painter and Modes of Representationp. 91
The Rhetoric of Letteringp. 98
Contextualizing Schematap. 103
Cultural Performance, Anakreon, and the "Elaborately Dressed Revelers"p. 110
Metonymic Webs of Significationp. 140
Recitals Among Womenp. 143
Visualizing Song-Makingp. 161
The Anthropology of Ancient Reception: The Late Archaic and Classical Periodsp. 165
On Lesbosp. 168
The Politics of Lesbian Idiomsp. 171
Paradigms and Historiesp. 177
Libidinal Economiesp. 183
Cultural Theatricsp. 189
Early Performative Poeticsp. 197
Music and Words: Transmission in Performancep. 207
The Strategies of Travelingp. 211
Economies of Symposia and Tavernsp. 213
Clustersp. 221
Fluiditiesp. 224
A Politics of Musicp. 227
Saxa loquuntur: Alteritiesp. 238
Trafficability of Palimpsestsp. 245
Contextual Plasticityp. 259
Traditions in Fluxp. 287
Reception as Reenacted "Script"p. 287
The Paradigm of Comedyp. 293
An Anatomy of Representationsp. 295
Elective Affinitiesp. 300
Performance and Metonymyp. 307
Herodotos, Oral Traditions, and Symposiap. 312
Reperformance, Genre, and Textual Plasticity: The Anatomy of Improvisationp. 338
Textual Plasticity and Dialoguesp. 348
Reconstructive Imagesp. 353
Closing Stagesp. 355
In Search of Sappho's Companions: Anthropological Fieldwork on Socioaesthetic Culturesp. 363
Abbreviations and Bibliographyp. 369
Index of Subjectsp. 427
Index of Namesp. 433
Index of Greek Termsp. 441
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ISBN: 9780674026865
ISBN-10: 0674026861
Series: Hellenic Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 1st January 2008
Publisher: Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.56