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Reading the Odyssey by Seth L. Schein

Reading the Odyssey

by Seth L. Schein (Editor)

Other authors: Nancy Felson-Rubin (Contributor), Uvo Hölscher (Contributor), Michael N. Nagler (Contributor), Pietro Pucci (Contributor), Karl Reinhardt (Contributor)4 more, Charles Segal (Contributor), Laura M. Slatkin (Contributor), Jean-Pierre Vernant (Contributor), Pierre Vidal-Naquet (Contributor)

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Schein, Seth L.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Felson-Rubin, NancyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hölscher, UvoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nagler, Michael N.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pucci, PietroContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reinhardt, KarlContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Segal, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Slatkin, Laura M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vernant, Jean-PierreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vidal-Naquet, PierreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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This wide-ranging collection makes available to specialists and nonspecialists alike important critical work on the Odyssey produced during the last half century. The ten essays address five major concerns: the poem's programmatic representation of social and religious institutions and values; its transformation of folktales and traditional stories into epic adventures; its representation of gender roles and, in particular, of Penelope; its narrative strategies and form; and its relation to the Iliad, especially to that epic's distinctive conception of heroism.

In the introduction, Seth L. Schein describes the poetic background to the work and suggests a variety of interpretive approaches, some of which are developed in the essays that follow. These essays include previously published work by Jean-Pierre Vernant, Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Pietro Pucci, and Charles P. Segal. There also are a new essay by Laura M. Slatkin, two revised and expanded ones by Nancy Felson-Rubin and Michael N. Nagler, and three appearing in English for the first time by Uvo Hlscher, Karl Reinhardt, and Vernant. The result is a collection that juxtaposes older, often hard-to-find articles with significant newer pieces in a way that allows for a fruitful dialogue among them.

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