Pindar's Verbal Art
An Ethnographic Study of Epinician Style (Hellenic Studies)
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|Format: ||Paperback, 266 pages|
|Other Information: ||black & white illustrations|
|Published In: ||United States, 05 February 2010|
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.
About the Author
James Bradley Wells is Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Hamilton College.
Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies|
22.86 x 15.24 x 1.47 centimeters (0.39 kg)|
15+ years |