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Pindar's Verbal Art: An Ethnographic Study of Epinician Style (Hellenic Studies Series)

Pindar's Verbal Art: An Ethnographic Study of Epinician Style (Hellenic Studies Series)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780674036277
  • Publisher: Center for Hellenic Studies
  • Release Date: Feb 28, 2010
  • Pages: 250 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.69 x 9.0 x 6.0 inches

Overview

In Pindar’s Verbal Art, James Bradley Wells argues that the victory song is a traditional art form that appealed to a popular audience and served exclusive elite interests through the inclusive appeal of entertainment, popular instruction, and laughter. This is the first study of Pindar’s language that applies performance as a method for the ethnographic description and interpretation of entextualized records of verbal art. In Mikhail Bakhtin’s terms, Pindar’s Verbal Art is a sociological stylistics of epinician language and demonstrates that Pindar’s is a highly dialogical form of art, an intertextual web of voices, whose study enables us to appreciate popular dimensions of his songs. Wells offers a new take on recurrent Pindaric questions: genre, the unity of the victory song, tradition, and, principally, epinician performance.


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