Nature and Culture in the Iliad: The Tragedy of Hector
ISBN: 0822314223
EAN13: 9780822314226
Language: English
Pages: 336
Edition: Expanded
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 9.00" L x 6.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview
By focusing on the story of Hector, James M. Redfield presents an imaginative perspective not only on the Iliad but also on the whole of Homeric culture. In an expansive discussion informed by a reinterpretation of Aristotle's Poetics and a reflection on the human meaning of narrative art, the analysis of Hector leads to an inquiry into the fundamental features of Homeric culture and of culture generally in its relation to nature. Through Hector, as the true tragic hero of the poem, the events and themes of the Iliad are understood and the function of tragedy within culture is examined. Redfield's work represents a significant application of anthropological perspectives to Homeric poetry. Originally published in 1975 (University of Chicago Press), this revised edition includes a new preface and concluding chapter by the author.
Editor Reviews
From the Back Cover Redfield's memorable study of the literary and cultural values of Homer's Iliad shines with wisdom and humanity on every page. I know of no other work on the epic that so consistently reaches this level of insight and inspiration.--Fromma Zeitlin, Princeton University

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