Homer in the Twentieth Century: Between World Literature and the Western Canon by Barbara Graziosi

Homer in the Twentieth Century: Between World Literature and the Western Canon

EditorBarbara Graziosi, Emily Greenwood

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This collection of essays explores the crucial place of Homer in the shifting cultural landscape of the twentieth century. It argues that Homer was viewed both as the founding father of the Western literary canon and as sharing important features with poems, performances, and traditions whichwere often deemed neither literary nor Western: the epics of Yugoslavia and sub-Saharan Africa, the keening performances of Irish women, the spontaneous inventiveness of the Blues. The book contributes to current debates about the nature of the Western literary canon, the evolving notion of worldliterature, the relationship between orality and the written word, and the dialogue between texts across time and space. Homer in the Twentieth Century contends that the Homeric poems play an important role in shaping those debates and, conversely, that the experiences of the twentieth century opennew avenues for the interpretation of Homer's much-travelled texts.

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Dr. Barbara Graziosi is Senior Lecturer in Classics at Durham University. Dr. Emily Greenwood is Associate Professor of Classics at Yale University.
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Title:Homer in the Twentieth Century: Between World Literature and the Western CanonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.03 inPublished:August 31, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Barbara Graziosi and Emily Greenwood: IntroductionI. Placing Homer in the Twentieth Century1. Johannes Haubold: Homer after Parry: Tradition, Reception, and the Timeless Text2. Lorna Hardwick: Singing across the Faultlines: Cultural Shifts in Twentieth-Century Receptions of HomerII. Scholarship and Fiction3. Richard Martin: Homer among the Irish: Synge, Yeats, George Thompson, and Parry4. Stephen Minta: Homer and Joyce: The Case of Nausicaa5. Barbara Graziosi: Homer in Albania: Oral Epic and the Geography of LiteratureIII. Distance and Form6. Emily Greenwood: Logue's Tele-vision: Reading Homer from a Distance7. Oliver Taplin: Some Assimilations of the Homeric Simile in Later Twentieth-Century Poetry8. Gregson Davis: `Homecomings without Home': Representations of (post)colonial nostos (homecoming) in the lyric of Aime Cesaire and Derek Walcott9. Francoise Letoublon: Theo Angelopoulos in the UnderworldIV. Politics and Interpretation10. David Ricks: Homer in the Greek Civil War (1946-49)11. Simon Goldhill: `Naked' and `O Brother, Where Art Thou?': The politics and poetics of epic cinema12. Seth Schein: An American Homer for the Twentieth Century