The Cast of Character
Style in Greek Literature
Publication Year: 2002
Published by: University of Texas Press
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This book is a distant descendant of a dissertation written in the Department of Classics at Princeton University, under the direction of Froma Zeitlin. Froma has my deepest gratitude for her guidance and encouragement. I have benefited immeasurably fromher intellectual breadth, her keen eye for cultural nuance, and her profound knowledge of ancient literature. Andrew...
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In Patricia Highsmith’s claustrophobic and morally ambiguous novel The Talented Mr. Ripley, the eponymous antihero faces a situation in which he has to appear before the same policemen as two different people. In his second interview with them he must play himself rather than the dashing and entitled young man whom he had been impersonating. His solution to this...
CHAPTER 1. KOSMOS AND THE TYPICAL CASTS OF CHARACTER
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In Criticism in Antiquity, D. A. Russell argues that lexis has no metaphorical extension equivalent to the English word ‘‘style.’’ Some idea of style as it is embodied by a particular model, he further notes, did exist; later writers indicate the distinctive imprint of an orator’s style with the term charaktêr.1 This included the character type that the speaker projects, although its usage...
CHAPTER 2. ORAL PERFORMANCE, SPEECH TYPES, AND TYPICAL STYLES IN HOMER
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Although this century has witnessed many important developments in the study of Homeric poetry as an oral medium, scholars still sometimes show a tendency to blur the distinctions between oral and written composition.1 Even those most influenced by oral theory often treat spoken exchanges between Homeric characters as if the situations in which they take place...
CHAPTER 3. VISIBLE TYPES AND VISUALIZING STYLES IN ARCHAIC POETRY
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Archaic poets conjoin taste or touch with visual effect to characterize elements of verbal style, which strike the ear as they strike the eye—a conceptual synesthesia that gives physical weight to the spoken word and persuasive force to concrete detail. This sensual characterization of verbal impact has its more concrete extension in the visible features of a speaker’s style.
CHAPTER 4. VERBAL MASQUERADE AND VISUAL IMPACT IN TRAGEDY
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The development of the dramatic genres in Athens created an arena in which oral performers impersonated visible types in a fuller and more extended fashion than in rhapsodic performances on the one hand, or in sophistic displays on the other. A performer could now appear on stage as Odysseus, in his costume and mask, and engage in his actions, rather than merely shifting...
CHAPTER 5. MANIPULATING THE SENSES IN RHETORICAL SET PIECES
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The classical treatments of Helen and Odysseus refract the Athenian political culture of the late fifth century, when a remarkable burst of artistic productivity coincided with a period of political upheaval and external threat from the rival city-state Sparta and its allies. From early in the Peloponnesian war, Athenians had lived more or less continuously in a state of...
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Dionysius of Halicarnassus begins his treatise On Literary Composition with an elaborately worded dedication to Rufus Metilius, in which he compares his literary offering to the embroidered gown thatHelen gives the departing Telemachus in book 15 of the Odyssey. With its use of paronomasia (assonance) and the figura etymologica, the opening bears some resemblance to the ornate...
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Page Count: 288
Publication Year: 2002