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Homer in Performance: Rhapsodes, Narrators, and Characters (Ashley and…

by Jonathan L. Ready (Editor), Christos C. Tsagalis (Editor)

Other authors: Mary R. Bachvarova (Contributor), Deborah Beck (Contributor), Anna Bonifazi (Contributor), Sheramy D. Bundrick (Contributor), Joel P. Christensen (Contributor)5 more, Anne Gangloff (Contributor), Lorenzo F. Garcia, Jr (Contributor), Adrian Kelly (Contributor), Olga Levaniouk (Contributor), James O'Maley (Contributor)

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"Before they were written down, the poems attributed to Homer were performed orally, usually by rhapsodes (singers/reciters) who might have traveled from city to city or enjoyed a position in a wealthy household. Even after the Iliad and the Odyssey were committed to writing, rhapsodes performed the poems at festivals, often competing against each other. As they recited the epics, the rhapsodes spoke as both the narrator and the characters. These different acts—performing the poem and narrating and speaking in character within it—are seldom studied in tandem. Homer in Performance breaks new ground by bringing together all of the speakers involved in the performance of Homeric poetry: rhapsodes, narrators, and characters." -- Publisher's description.… (more)
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Ready, Jonathan L.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tsagalis, Christos C.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bachvarova, Mary R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beck, DeborahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bonifazi, AnnaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bundrick, Sheramy D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Christensen, Joel P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gangloff, AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Garcia, Lorenzo F., JrContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kelly, AdrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Levaniouk, OlgaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Maley, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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"Before they were written down, the poems attributed to Homer were performed orally, usually by rhapsodes (singers/reciters) who might have traveled from city to city or enjoyed a position in a wealthy household. Even after the Iliad and the Odyssey were committed to writing, rhapsodes performed the poems at festivals, often competing against each other. As they recited the epics, the rhapsodes spoke as both the narrator and the characters. These different acts—performing the poem and narrating and speaking in character within it—are seldom studied in tandem. Homer in Performance breaks new ground by bringing together all of the speakers involved in the performance of Homeric poetry: rhapsodes, narrators, and characters." -- Publisher's description.

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