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From Listeners to Viewers: Space in the Iliad (Hellenic Studies Series)

Tsagalis, Christos

Verlag: Center for Hellenic Studies, 2012
ISBN 10: 0674067118 / ISBN 13: 9780674067110
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Titel: From Listeners to Viewers: Space in the ...

Verlag: Center for Hellenic Studies

Erscheinungsdatum: 2012

Einband: Soft cover

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This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: Exploring the functions of space in the Iliad, Christos Tsagalis shows how active spatial representation in similes and descriptive passages influences characterization and narrative action. He also analyzes Homeric modes of visual memory, implicit knowledge, and mnemonic formats in order to better understand descriptive and ekphrastic passages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_usedgood_0674067118

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What do we mean by ?space? in the Iliad? The aim of this book is to offer a systematic and comprehensive presentation of the different types and functions of space in the earliest work of Greek literature. By adopting a twofold division between simple and embedded story space, the former pertaining to the actions of characters and the latter to their thoughts, Christos Tsagalis shows how character drawing and authority are deeply influenced by active spatial representation.

Similes and descriptive passages, in which space looms large, are also viewed in a new light as the author explores the relation between space designated in the similes and in the corresponding action of the main narrative. Given the importance in cognitive theory of the role of memory in an oral medium such as epic song, the book analyzes Homeric modes of visual memory, implicit knowledge, and mnemonic formats in order to better understand the composition and presentation of descriptive and ekphrastic passages, with special emphasis on the numerous prized objects and the monumental shield of Achilles.

Über den Autor: Christos Tsagalis is Associate Professor of Greek Literature at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

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