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

An Ethnographic Study of Epinician Style (Hellenic Studies)

By James Bradley Wells

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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.

EAN: 9780674036277
ISBN: 0674036271
Publisher: Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24 x 1.47 centimeters (0.39 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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