Pointing at the Past: From Formula to Performance in Homeric Poetics Egbert J. Bakker

ISBN: 9780674019553

Published: January 30th 2006

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205 pages


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Pointing at the Past: From Formula to Performance in Homeric Poetics  by  Egbert J. Bakker

Pointing at the Past: From Formula to Performance in Homeric Poetics by Egbert J. Bakker
January 30th 2006 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 205 pages | ISBN: 9780674019553 | 9.30 Mb

Epic is not only a nostalgic memory of a remote past, but also, as performance, a deliberate act in the present. In fact, as this book argues, memory is itself a deliberate act when it is turned into epic language. With numerous fresh linguisticMoreEpic is not only a nostalgic memory of a remote past, but also, as performance, a deliberate act in the present. In fact, as this book argues, memory is itself a deliberate act when it is turned into epic language. With numerous fresh linguistic observations the author shows that the epic narrator makes the epic past come to the present: epic is not only a verbal artifact that points to the past- it also is a performers act of pointing at a past that has become present in and through language.

Building on his earlier work, Egbert Bakker demonstrates the power of discourse analysis as an essential tool for elucidating the poetics of the Homeric tradition.



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