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Published: 20 November 2008

272 Pages | 33 line illustrations


ISBN: 9780195341072

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Homer's Cosmic Fabrication

Choice and Design in the Iliad

Bruce Heiden

  • Reveals important features of the Iliad that the paradigm of oral poetry has avoided and cannot account for
  • Addresses the Iliad as the fixed written text that we know, rather than an object of fluid study in the oral tradition
  • Aims to uncover aspects of the poems potential rather than historical facts about its actual circulation in the distant past
  • Draws upon cognitive narratology to develop novel methods for theorizing and investigating the potential relationships between a poem and its readers