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    DescriptionBruce Louden's bold re-reading of the Odyssey -- the first attempt in years to map in detail the poem's overall structure -- offers new insights into the artistry of Odysseus' mythic voyage and enriches our understanding of Homer's masterful craftsmanship. Louden's groundbreaking work uncovers an extended narrative pattern, repeated in full three times, which reveals the poem's underlying skeletal structure. This organizational analysis helps to explain the existence of several characters or episodes sometimes dismissed as extraneous, as late additions, or even as corruptions to Homer's original intent. In addition, Louden's discovery strengthens the suggestion that the Odyssey was the product of oral tradition. By repeating this sequence of successive motifs, a single, improvising bard could explore a variety of complex ideas within a poem as long as the Odyssey. Though centrally concerned with the form of Homer's rich and complex plot, Louden's study is not exclusively, or even primarily, formalistic. His investigation involves the study of characters' names, challenges faced by Odysseus, the structure of the poem, and roles assigned to the poem's female characters. Louden's comprehensive achievement gives the reader a fresh perspective on the role of divine hostility and the artistry of an epic survivor on his timeless journey home.


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    Title
    The "Odyssey"
    Subtitle
    Structure, Narration and Meaning
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bruce Louden
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 212
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801869211
    ISBN 10: 0801869218
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC subject category V2: DSK, DSC
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: LIT
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: DSBB
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    DC22: 883.01
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T General Subject: 640
    BISAC V2.8: LIT014000
    DC21: 883.01
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, LIT004190
    B&T Approval Code: A24204000
    BISAC V2.8: POE008000
    LC classification: 98041521
    Thema V1.0: DSBB, DSK, DSC, NHC, DCA
    Edition
    Bilingual edition
    Edition statement
    Bilingual
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    01 February 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Bruce Louden is an associate professor of classics at the University of Texas at El Paso.
    Review quote
    Often illuminating... The reader will find much to welcome. -- Matthew Clark Phoenix