Character, Narrator, and Simile in the Iliad by Jonathan L. ReadyCharacter, Narrator, and Simile in the Iliad by Jonathan L. Ready

Character, Narrator, and Simile in the Iliad

byJonathan L. Ready

Hardcover | April 11, 2011

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Jonathan L. Ready offers the first comprehensive examination of Homer's similes in the Iliad as arenas of heroic competition. This study concentrates primarily on similes spoken by Homeric characters. The first to offer a sustained exploration of such similes, Ready shows how characters are made to contest through and over simile not only with one another but also with the narrator. Ready investigates the narrator's similes as well. He demonstrates that Homer amplifies the feat of a successful warrior by providing a competitive orientation to sequences of similes used to describe battle. He also offers a new interpretation of Homer's extended similes as a means for the poet to imagine his characters as competitors for his attention. Throughout this study, Ready makes innovative use of approaches from both Homeric studies and narratology that have not yet been applied to the analysis of Homer's similes.
Title:Character, Narrator, and Simile in the IliadFormat:HardcoverDimensions:334 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.1 inPublished:April 11, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521190649

ISBN - 13:9780521190640


Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The simile and the Homeric comparative spectrum; 2. Similes in the Iliad's character-text; 3. A preparation for reading Homer's pairs and series of similes; 4. Sequences of similes in the Iliad's character-text; 5. Narrator, character, and simile in the Iliad; 6. Similes in the Iliad's narrator-text; Conclusion. The Odyssey compared.