By John Miles Foley
A better half to historic Epic provides for the 1st time a entire, updated review of old close to jap, Greek and Roman epic. It bargains a multi-disciplinary dialogue of either longstanding principles and more moderen views. A better half to the close to jap, Greek, and Roman epic traditionsConsiders the interrelation among those diverse traditionsProvides a balanced evaluation of longstanding principles and more moderen views within the research of epicShows how scholarship during the last 40 years has reworked the ways in which we conceive of and comprehend the genreCovers lately brought themes, equivalent to the position of girls, the background of reception, and comparability with residing analogues from oral traditionThe editor and individuals are major students within the fieldIncludes a close index of poems, poets, technical phrases, and critical figures and occasions
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Extra resources for A Companion to Ancient Epic (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)
Contemporary epic, introductory surveys and analyses with further reading: Oinas 1978; Hatto and Hainsworth 1980, 1989; Okpewho 1992; Reichl 1992; Beissinger et al. 1999. genre and ancient texts: Depew and Obbink 2000b. genre in practice: Bynum 1976; Bauman 1992. handbook definition and discussion: Revard and Newman 1993. Indic traditions: Blackburn et al. 1989; Flueckiger and Sears 1991; Lutgendorf 1991. native genre categories: Bauman and Sherzer 1989. poetry/prose distinction: Tedlock 1983; Fine 1984.
That world, had it survived, might have radically altered later and modern notions of ‘‘epic’’ as a genre. A starting point for imagining this rich and varied archaic verbal tapestry comes from Aristotle’s own notion that Homer was not the composer of the Iliad and Odyssey exclusively; he also authored the Margites, a poem (now almost entirely lost) using a mixture of hexameter and iambic meter to narrate the ridiculous adventures of a numbskull, the title figure. Aristotle places this composition within the category of ‘‘blame’’ or ‘‘lampoon’’ (psogos) and speculates that there must have been many such poems before Homer, although the Margites was the earliest to Epic as Genre 13 survive to his own day.
Genres of discourse: Martin 1984; Todorov 1990. genres within epic: Martin 1984, 1989; Davidson 1998a. Indic performance: Flueckiger 1989, 1999. Irish bardic poetry: Bergin 1970. Mwindo epic of Nyanga: Biebuyck and Mateene 1969. relationship between lyric and epic traditions: Nagy 1990c. shifts in performance style and genres: Phillips 1981. similes and lyric: R. P. Martin 1997. Sunjata: Austen 1999. 4 Concluding coda ˆ thos and epos; markedness: Martin 1989; Nagy 1999b. mu CHAPTER TWO The Indo-European Context Joshua T.
A Companion to Ancient Epic (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) by John Miles Foley