Fighting Words and Feuding Words

Fighting Words and Feuding Words : Anger and the Homeric Poems

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Fighting Words and Feuding Words engages the powerful tools of Homeric poetic analysis and the anthropological study of emotion in an analysis of two anger terms highlighted in the Iliad by the Achaean prophet Calchas. Walsh argues that kotos and kholos locate two focal points for the study of aggression in Homeric poetry, the first presenting Homer's terms for feud and the second providing the native terms that designates the martial violence highlighted by the Homeric tradition.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 316 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 29mm | 612g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739112554
  • 9780739112557

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction: Homeric Anger Part 3 Feuding Words Chapter 4 The Prophet Defines Chapter 5 Forms and Formulae Chapter 6 Kotos and Social Status Chapter 7 Anger's History: Kotos and Etymology Chapter 8 Anger's Aggression: The Wrath of Feud Part 9 Fighting Words Chapter 10 Helen's Cure and the End of Anger Chapter 11 The Beginning of Kholos Chapter 12 Fighting Words Chapter 13 Fighting Deeds Chapter 14 The Embassy, Kholos, and the Illiad's Genre Chapter 15 The Cultural Poetics of Kholos in the Illiad Chapter 16 Conclusions and a Comparison
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About Thomas R. Walsh

Thomas R. Walsh is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Occidental College.
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