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Greek Literature and the Ideal

The Pragmatics of Space from the Archaic to the Hellenistic Age

Alexander Kirichenko

Greek Literature and the Ideal

Greek Literature and the Ideal

The Pragmatics of Space from the Archaic to the Hellenistic Age

Greek Literature and the Ideal

 

Alexander Kirichenko argues that the development of Greek literature was motivated by the need to endow political geography with a sense of purposeful structure. The discussion focuses on how power and space were understood in the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic periods.


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Beschrijving Greek Literature and the Ideal

Greek Literature and the Ideal contends that the development of Greek literature was motivated by the need to endow political geography with a sense of purposeful structure. Alexander Kirichenko argues that Greek literature was a crucial factor in the cultural production of space, and Greek geography a crucial factor in the production of literary meaning. The book focuses on the idealizing images that Greek literature created of three spatial patterns of
power distribution: a decentralized network of aristocratically governed communities (Archaic Greece); a democratic city controlling an empire (Classical Athens); and a microcosm of Greek culture located on foreign soil, ruled by quasi-divine royals, and populated by immigrants (Ptolemaic Alexandria). Kirichenko
draws connections between the formation of these idealizing images and the emergence of such literary modes of meaning making as the authoritative communication of the truth, the dialogic encouragement to search for the truth on one's own, and the abandonment of transcendental goals for the sake of cultural memory and/or aesthetic pleasure. Readings of such canonical Greek authors as Homer, Hesiod, the tragedians, Thucydides, Plato, Callimachus, and Theocritus show that the pragmatics of Greek
literature (the sum total of the ideological, cognitive, and emotional effects that it seeks to produce) is, in essence, always a pragmatics of space: there is a strong correlation between the historically conditioned patterns of political geography and the changing mechanisms whereby Greek
literature enabled its recipients to make sense of their world.


ISBN
9780192866707
Pagina's
304
Verschijnt
NUR
730
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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