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Pindar and the Emergence of Literature

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  • Date Published: October 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107116634

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  • Pindar and the Emergence of Literature places Pindar in the context of the evolution of Archaic Greek poetics. While presenting an in-depth introduction to diverse aspects of Pindar's art (authorial metapoetics, imagery, genre hybridization, religion, social context, and dialect), it seeks to establish a middle ground between cultural contextualism and literary history, paying attention both to poetry's historical milieu and its uncanny capacity to endure in time. With that methodological objective, the book marshals a new version of historical poetics, drawing both on theorists usually associated with this approach, such as Alexander Veselovsky, Mikhail Bakhtin, and Olga Freidenberg, and on T. S. Eliot, Hans Blumenberg, Fredric Jameson, and Stephen Greenblatt. The ultimate literary-historical problem posed by Pindar's poetics, which this book sets out to solve, is the transformation of pre-literary structures rooted in folk communal art into elements that still inform our notion of literature.

    • Discusses all major aspects of Pindar's art and thus serves as a starting point for all readers interested in his poetry
    • Presents a new, historically and theoretically informed account of the rise of literature in late Archaic Greece
    • Provides a new method of writing literary history based on the tradition of historical poetics
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    • Date Published: October 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107116634
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: archaeologies of literature
    1. Authors, forms, and the creation of a literary culture
    2. Image, metaphor, concept: the semantics of poetic language
    3. Speech acts, social personas, and poetic veridiction
    4. Genre hybridity and the literary artefact
    Epilogue: poetry and immortality.

  • Author

    Boris Maslov, University of Chicago
    Boris Maslov is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago. He has published many articles on ancient Greek literature and its reception, the comparative history of concepts, and the history of literary theory. He is a co-editor, with Ilya Kliger, of Persistent Forms: Explorations in Historical Poetics (2015).

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