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The Interpretation of Order : A Study in the Poetics of Homeric Repetition - Ahuvia Kahane

The Interpretation of Order

A Study in the Poetics of Homeric Repetition

Hardcover Published: 13th January 1994
ISBN: 9780198140771
Number Of Pages: 202

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This is an exciting and original study on the poetic significance of formal repetition in Homer. The author argues that localization, metre, and verse-structure are regularly used as semantic markers, providing certain words with a "meaning" that extends beyond their immediate context. This meaning often interacts with context-specific semantic features, creating a discourse that is replete with ambiguity, ambivalence, irony, and allusion. The discussion draws on recent approaches in linguistics and literary criticism, including narratology, pragmatics, socio-linguistics, discourse analysis, and speech-act theory, but lays emphasis on the primary text as an object of study. The author shows how Homer's polysemic texture contributes to the presentation of key literary topics such as the image of the hero in the Iliad or disguise and recognition in the Odyssey.

`This is an exciting performance-orientated interpretation. There is no space here to do justice to the fascinating results of the analyses. Kahane shows in this important study how a sensitivity to metrical and word-placement patterns can bring out delicate shades of meaning in the Homeric poems.' Greece and Rome

List of Tables
Metrical Notation
Introductionp. 1
Patterns and Verse-Making Techniquep. 5
Metrical Units and Sense-Unitsp. 17
Accusative Theme-Word Patternsp. 43
Patterns of the Proper-Name Vocativep. 80
Patterns of the Proper-Name Nominativep. 114
Conclusionp. 142
App. I. Collated Localization Datap. 144
App. II. Position and Reference of Theme-Wordsp. 146
App. III. Localization of Proper-Name Vocativesp. 149
App. IV. Approaches to Apostrophep. 153
App. V. Localization of Proper-Name Nominativesp. 156
Bibliographyp. 167
Index Locorump. 177
General Indexp. 183
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ISBN: 9780198140771
ISBN-10: 0198140770
Series: Oxford Classical Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 202
Published: 13th January 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 14.5  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.39