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Para-Narratives in the Odyssey: Stories in the Frame

Maureen Alden


This book offers the first full-length study in English of the relationship between the Odyssey’s main narrative and its para-narratives, the secondary narratives and episodes in a minor key which frequently suspend its progress. Many of the latter group take the form of paradigmatic secondary narratives about matters apparently external to the poem, which are related by the poet and his characters. For the characters, such stories may provide a model of action for imitation or avoidance in their immediate contexts. At a deeper level, they influence the reception of some aspect of the main nar ... More

Keywords: Odyssey, para-narrative, paradigm, secondary narrative, Cyclic Epic, folk tale, αἶνος‎, Oresteia, Plynteria, Arrephoria

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199291069
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199291069.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maureen Alden, author
Independent scholar, based in the UK