Download Homeric Voices: Discourse, Memory, Gender by Elizabeth Minchin PDF

By Elizabeth Minchin

Homeric Voices is a learn, from a compositional standpoint, of the large speeches and exchanges of speech that Homer depicts in his songs. Drawing on examine in sociolinguistics, discourse research, and cognitive psychology, Elizabeth Minchin considers the phrases that Homer attributes to his characters from views, as cognitive and as social phenomena. She asks how the poet labored with reminiscence to generate the speech types that he represents; and the way Homeric speech constructs and divulges the social hierarchies which are certain up with age, prestige, and gender--with specific curiosity in gender--in the area of the poems.

Show description

Read Online or Download Homeric Voices: Discourse, Memory, Gender PDF

Best medieval books

Chaucer and the Canterbury Tales: A Short Introduction (Blackwell Introductions to Literature)

This concise and full of life survey introduces scholars without past wisdom to Chaucer, and especially to the 'Canterbury Tales'. Written in an invitingly inclusive but intellectually subtle sort, it offers crucial proof concerning the poet, together with a biography and cartoon of his significant works, in addition to providing a framework for pondering creatively approximately his writing.

Humorous Structures of English Narratives, 1200-1600

All of us manage to realize and create humour, yet how precisely can we do it? Salvatore Attardo and Victor Raskin have tried to give an explanation for the workings of humour with their normal idea of Verbal Humor (1991). The imperative target of Hamilton's examine is to check the usefulness of the overall thought of Verbal Humor on a selected corpus by means of deciding on and examining the narrative buildings that create humour.

The Dark Ages and the Vikings

3 old battles, from the arriving of the Vikings in early Britain to the Norman invasion, are informed in image novel layout: In 793, the sacking of Lindisfarne is the 1st Viking raid on Britain; At Ediginton, Alfred the nice defends the dominion of Wessex from Vikings in 878; In 1066, English forces, exhausted from battling the Vikings, face

Additional resources for Homeric Voices: Discourse, Memory, Gender

Sample text

P. V. Jones’ discussion in his ‘Introduction’ in G. M. Wright and P. V. Jones, Homer: German Scholarship in Translation, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995), 1–41, at 5–10. 38 This is in line with research into repetition (see below), which has begun to examine cognitive and interactional motivation for repetition, whether same-speaker repetition, as here, or second-speaker repetition. 39 See D. Tannen, ‘Repetition in Conversation: Towards a Poetics of Talk’, Language, 63 (1987), 574–605, at 581. Tannen describes neurolinguistic research which supports the notion that automatic language production is in all ways more Speech Acts in Homer 43 economical response.

43 As we have observed, repetition serves a number of communicative functions which relate to interpersonal involvement: its functions are in the main pragmatic. But, as Tannen observes, in today’s world, which holds the written word and literature in high esteem, we are inclined to think of repetition Wrst as a literary trope. 44 When scholars such as Lohmann identify so-called ring-composition in Homer’s speeches, they are reading the natural strategies of everyday rhetoric as formal devices for ‘literary’ ends.

4 (‘The Theme’); and, for sustained discussion of thematic structures, see B. Fenik, Typical Battle Scenes in the Iliad: Studies in the Narrative Techniques of Homeric Battle Description (Wiesbaden: Franz Steiner, 1968); S. Reece, The Stranger’s Welcome: Oral Theory and the Aesthetics of the Homeric Hospitality Scene (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993), ch. 1. In all the above works it is assumed that the typical scenes which have been identiWed by scholars are phenomena of oral epic song.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.90 of 5 – based on 44 votes