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Orality, Textuality, and the Homeric Epics – An Interdisciplinary Study of Oral Texts, Dictated Texts, and Wild Texts - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Orality, Textuality, and the Homeric Epics: An Interdisciplinary Study of Oral Texts, Dictated Texts, and Wild Texts

Jonathan L. Ready

Abstract

This book queries from three different angles what it means to speak of Homeric poetry together with the word “text.” Scholarship from outside the discipline of classical studies on the relationship between orality and textuality motivates and undergirds the project. Part I uses work in linguistic anthropology on oral texts and oral intertextuality to illuminate both the verbal and oratorical landscapes our Homeric poets fashion in their epics and what the poets were striving to do when they performed. Looking to folkloristics, Part II examines modern instances of the textualization of an oral ... More

Keywords: orality, textuality, oral texts, intertextuality, textualization, dictation, papyri, Iliad, Odyssey, Homer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198835066
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198835066.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan L. Ready, author
Professor of Classical Studies, Indiana University