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Para-Narratives in the Odyssey: Stories in the Frame

byMaureen Alden

Hardcover | October 21, 2017

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Readers coming to the Odyssey for the first time are often dazzled and bewildered by the wealth of material it contains which is seemingly unrelated to the central story: the main plot of Odysseus' return to Ithaca is complicated by myriad secondary narratives related by the poet and hischaracters, including Odysseus' own fantastic tales of Lotus Eaters, Sirens, and cannibal giants. Although these "para-narratives" are a source of pleasure and entertainment in their own right, each also has a special relevance to its immediate context, elucidating Odysseus' predicament and also subtly influencing and guiding the audience's reception of the main story. By exploring variations onthe basic story-shape, drawing on familiar tales, anecdotes, and mythology, or inserting analogous situations, they create illuminating parallels to the main narrative and prompt specific responses in readers or listeners. This is the case even when details are suppressed or altered, as the audiencemay still experience the reverberations of the better-known version of the tradition, and it also applies to the characters themselves, who are often provided with a model of action for imitation or avoidance in their immediate contexts.
Maureen Alden read Classics at the University of Liverpool, where she studied Homer and Homeric archaeology with John Pinsent, himself a pupil of H. L. Lorimer. The work of the late Ioannis Kakridis, whom she met a number of times at the Symposia on the Odyssey in Ithaca, influenced her strongly. Her teaching interests include Homer, t...
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Title:Para-Narratives in the Odyssey: Stories in the FrameFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pagesPublished:October 21, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199291063

ISBN - 13:9780199291069

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Table of Contents

FrontmatterList of Abbreviations1. Introduction2. Para-Narratives of ReturnMichael Longley, 'Homecoming'3. The Oresteia-Story in the Odyssey4. PenelopeMichael Longley, 'Tree-house'5. Para-Narratives for TelemachusMichael Longley, 'Argos'6. Paradigms for Odysseus7. The Songs of Demodocus8. The Cyclops: A Polyvalent Para-Narrative9. The First Person: Para-Narratives of Trial and PityMichael Longley, 'Laertes'TablesTables 1-7EndmatterBibliographyIndex