The Language of Heroes: Speech and Performance in the Iliad (Myth and Poetics)
1989·Ithaca and London
by Martin, Richard P.
Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1989. Hardcover. VG (slight wear to dj edges, otherwise clean). Lavender cloth with rich purple title block and gilt letters on spine, blue and white dust jacket, 265 pp. "Emphasizes two aspects of the important speeches of the Iliad. First, Martin shows us, the speeches are public performances and so open to audience criticism on the grounds of both content and style. Second, they are tied to social poetic 'genres of discourse,' the genres of commanding, of abusing and blaming, and of memorializing. Through analysis of comparative material from oral literature studies and folklore, Martin demonstrates how Homeric poetry reuses these 'smaller' traditional genres in the representation of heroic speech." (dj).
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