Loading, please wait...

product description page

Mythologizing Performance - (Myth and Poetics II) by Richard P. Martin (Paperback)

Mythologizing Performance -  (Myth and Poetics II) by Richard P. Martin (Paperback) - image 1 of 1

About this item

Building on numerous original close readings of works by Homer, Hesiod, and other ancient Greek poets, Richard P. Martin articulates a broad and precise poetics of archaic Greek verse. The ancient Greek hexameter poetry of such works as the Iliad and the Odyssey differ from most modern verbal art because it was composed for live, face-to-face performance, often in a competitive setting, before an audience well versed in mythological and ritual lore. The essays collected here span Martin’s acclaimed career and explore ways of reading this poetic heritage using principles and evidence from the comparative study of oral traditions, literary and speech-act theories, and the ethnographic record.

Among topics analyzed in depth are the narrative structures of Homer’s epics, the Hesiodic Works and Days, and the Homeric Hymn to Apollo; the characterization of poetic and musical performers within the poems; the social context for verses ascribed to the legendary singer Orpheus; the significance of various rituals as stylized by poetic performances; and the interrelations, at the level of diction and theme, among the major genres of epic and hymn, as well as "genres of speaking" such as lament, praise, advice, and proverbial wisdom.

Number of Pages: 498 p. ;
Genre: Literary Criticism, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Ancient + Classical, Folklore + Mythology, Semiotics + Theory
Series Title: Myth and Poetics II
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr
Author: Richard P. Martin
Language: English
Street Date: July 15, 2019
TCIN: 53591456
UPC: 9781501713101
Item Number (DPCI): 248-09-6955
If the item details above aren’t accurate or complete, we want to know about it. Report incorrect product info.
Delivered on or shortly after release date when you preorder online.
No release date yet
Not in stores

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.

*See offer details. Restrictions apply. Pricing, promotions and availability may vary by location and at Target.com.