Speech Presentation in Homeric Epic
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of Texas Press
Title Page, Copyright Page
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It is a great pleasure to thank the people and institutions that have supported this book and its author. The National Endowment for the Humanities and Swarthmore College funded a sabbatical in 2004– 2005, during which I did the initial...
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Th is book is a study of the full range of techniques for presenting speech in the Homeric epics, something that has been assumed not to exist in Homeric poetry.¹ A range of speech presentation strategies² can indeed be found in Homeric poetry, and they...
1. Direct Quotation
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In response to the dissatisfaction described in the introduction with the idea of direct quotation¹ as fundamentally imitative, a consensus has developed among linguistically oriented scholars of speech presentation that the basic characteristic of direct speech...
2. Free Indirect Speech
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This chapter, unlike the other chapters that focus on a particular speech presentation technique, must establish that the technique in question—free indirect speech—exists in Homeric epic. Free indirect speech can be hard to see in Homeric poetry...
3. Indirect Speech
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After direct quotation (1,374 instances), indirect speech is the second most common technique for presenting speech in the Homeric poems (589 instances). Nonetheless, indirect speech in Homeric epic is seen as a relatively unimportant phenomenon...
4. Speech Mention
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The most basic quality of speech mention is a lack of specificity. It is not, as one might think, brevity, since indirect speech—at least as characters present it in their speech—is often nearly as brief as speech mention. Rather, speech mention leaves...
5. Speech Presentation in the Odyssey
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The first four chapters analyzed each of the major techniques for presenting speech in the Iliad and the Odyssey, with the goals of exploring the properties of each mode of speech presentation and finding out what contribution each technique makes...
6. Speech Presentation in the Iliad
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The Iliad has a speech presentation spectrum that in many ways closely resembles that of the Odyssey. From various perspectives, however, the Iliad is less conversational than the Odyssey is: compared to the Odyssey, the Iliad has a lower proportion...
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We are now in a position to describe a “Homeric” speech presentation spectrum, a unified and consistent set of tools for presenting speech that operates in both the Iliad and Odyssey as well as across all narrative levels. While there are many...
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Publication Year: 2012