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- DescriptionThe Unkwn Odysseus is a study of how Homer creates two versions of his hero, one who is the triumphant protagonist of the revenge plot, and ather, more subversive, anymous figure, whose various personae exemplify an entirely different set of assumptions about the world through which each hero moves and the shape and meaning of human life. Separating the two perspectives allows us to see more clearly how the poem's dual focus can begin to explain some of the torious difficulties readers have encountered in thinking about the poem.In The Unkwn Odysseus , Thomas Van Nortwick offers the most complete exploration to date of the implications of Odysseus' divided nature, showing how it allows Homer to explore the riddles of human identity in a profound way that is t usually recognized by studies focusing on only one real hero in the narrative. This new perspective on Homer's Odyssey enriches the world of the poem in a way that will interest both general readers and classical scholars. This is the most accessible and thorough reading of the dual nature of Odysseus.
- Author BiographyThomas Van Nortwick is Nathan A. Greenberg Professor of Classics at Oberlin College, and author of Somewhere I Have Never Traveled: The Second Self and the Hero's Journey in Ancient Epic (Oxford 1991) and Oedipus: The Meaning of a Masculine Life (Oklahoma 1998).
- Author(s)Thomas van Nortwick
- PublisherThe University of Michigan Press
- Date of Publication15/01/2009
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationAnn Arbor
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of Michigan Press
- Weight386 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine20 mm
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