This prose translation of the Odyssey is so successful that it has taken its place as one of the few really outstanding versions of Homer's famous epic poem. It is the story of the return of Odysseus from the siege of Troy to his home in Ithaca, and of the vengeance he takes on the suitors of his wife Penelope. Odysseus's account of his adventures since leaving Troy includes his encounter with the enchantress Circe, his visit to the Underworld, and the lure of the Sirens. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
'War, the bringer of tears...' War, glory, despair, and mourning: for 2,700 years the Iliad has gripped listeners and readers with the story of Achilles' anger and Hector's death. This tragic episode during the siege of Troy, sparked by a quarrel between the leader of the Greek army and its mightiest warrior, Achilles, is played out between mortals and gods, with devastating human consequences. It is a story of many truths, speaking of awesome emotions, the quest for fame and revenge, the plight of women, and the lighthearted laughter of the gods. Above all, it confronts us with war in all its brutality - and with fleeting images of peace, which punctuate the poem as distant memories, startling comparisons, and doomed aspirations. The Iliad's extraordinary power testifies to the commitment of its many readers, who have turned to it in their own struggles to understand life and death. This elegant and compelling new translation is accompanied by a full introduction and notes that guide the reader in understanding the poem and the many different contexts in which it was performed and read.
Author: Suzanne Saïd
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2011-09-22
With an introduction to the oral tradition which lay at the source of the Homeric epics and a discussion on the reception of the Homeric poems in Antiquity, this volume explores the mysterious figure of Homer, an author about whom little is known. Ruth Webb's translation is a revised and much expanded version of the original French text.
Angie Malone muss sich eingestehen, dass ihre Träume vom Familienglück nicht wahr werden: ihre Ehe zerbricht daran, dass sie kinderlos bleibt. Angie beendet ihre erfolgreiche Karriere in der Werbebranche und kehrt zurück in ihre Heimatstadt, West End, in die Arme ihrer italienischen Familie. Dort beginnt sie voller Elan, das Familienlokal DeSaria, dessen Zukunft seit dem Tod des Vaters ungewiss ist, wieder auf Vordermann zu bringen. Angie lernt Kochen und hat viele gute Ideen, die neue Gäste anlocken. Schon bald fühlt sie sich in der kleinen Stadt wieder zu Hause. Doch dann berührt die Freundschaft mit der 18-jährigen Kellnerin Lauren erneut den wunden Punkt in ihrem Leben. Lauren entdeckt, dass sie schwanger ist. Soll Angie das ungewollte Kind adoptieren? Die Freundschaft zu Lauren aufs Spiel setzen, für die sie selbst so etwas wie eine Mutter geworden ist?
In her study, Simone Heller-Andrist applies the Kantian and Derridean parergon to English literature. The parergon is a specific type of frame that interacts with the work it surrounds in a fashion likely to influence or even manipulate our reading of the work. On the basis of this interaction, Derridas parergon becomes a valid methodological tool that allows a close analysis of the mechanisms involved in the reading process. The manipulative force of a textual construct is apparent through the occurrence of friction, namely incongruities or gaps we notice during the reading process. Friction is thus, on the one hand, the main indicator of parergonality and, on the other, the prime signal for a potential conditioning of the reader. As readers, we not only have to analyze the interaction between work and parergon but must also constantly reflect upon our own position with regard to the text that we read. By means of the concept of the parergon, we can approach not only paratextual, narrative or discursive frames but also intertextual relationships. Since the application of the concept is based on a basic textual constellation and an internal mechanism, its range is wide and transcends or complements previously established textual categories.
Die beklemmend schöne Liebesgeschichte eines einfachen Mädchens vom Lande und eines gebildeten Städers, die an den gesellschaftlichen Konventionen zerbricht - ein amerikanischer Klassiker der Pulitzer-Preisträgerin und Autorin von "Zeit der Unschuld" Edith Wharton. Charity Royall, ein einfaches, aber eigenwilliges Mädchen lebt zusammen mit ihrem Vormund in dem entlegenen Dorf North Dormer in Neuengland. Sie ist die Tochter einer Ausgestoßenen, die mit einer gesetzlosen, verwilderten Sippe »auf dem Berg« haust. Obwohl Charity nicht die geringste Ahnung von Büchern hat, arbeitet sie in der Bibilothek des Dorfes. Die Grenzen von Charitys Welt waren mit denen von North Dormer identisch. Als jedoch eines Tages der junge Architekt Lucius Harney auftaucht, eröffnet sich für Charity ein neues unbekanntes Universum. Sie verliebt sich ihn, obgleich er ihre Gefühle erwidert, lassen die gesellschaftlichen Konventionen ihrer Liebe keine Chance. Die Heirat mit dem ihrem Pflegevater, einem düsteren Anwalt, vermag sie zwar vor dem Schicksal ihrer Mutter zu retten, nicht aber vor der Einsamkeit des Herzens.
Examines passages drawn mainly from Homer, Hesiod's Theogony, and the Homeric hymns for threats to Zeus's supremacy, focusing on themes of cosmic/divine and generational strife, revealing hints of lost legends.
'What is poetry, how many kinds of it are there, and what are their specific effects?' Aristotle's Poetics is the most influential book on poetry ever written. A founding text of European aesthetics and literary criticism, from it stems much of our modern understanding of the creation and impact of imaginative writing, including poetry, drama, and fiction. For Aristotle, the art of representation conveys universal truths which we can appreciate more easily than the lessons of history or philosophy. In his short treatise Aristotle discusses the origins of poetry and its early development, the nature of tragedy and plot, and offers practical advice to playwrights. This new translation by Anthony Kenny is accompanied by associated material from Plato and a range of responses from more modern literary practitioners: Sir Philip Sidney, P. B. Shelley, and Dorothy L. Sayers. The book includes a wide-ranging introduction and notes, making this the most accessible and attractive modern edition. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Author: Alexander Pope
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Release Date: 1998
Alexander Pope (1688-1744) is regarded as the most important poet of the early eighteenth century. An invalid from infancy, Pope devoted his energies towards literature and achieved remarkable success with his first published work at the age of 21. A succession of brilliant poems followed, including An Essay on Criticism (1711), Windsor Forest (1713), and his masterpiece The Rape of the Lock (1712). A second period of great poetry was begun in 1728 with the appearance of the first Dunciad. All these works, which exhibit Pope's astonishing human insight, his wide sympathies, and powers of social observation (displayed to greatest effect in his talent for satire), feature in this selection. In his introduction - an eloquent defence of Pope's poetic practice - Pat Rogers argues that we must abandon our Romantic conception of poetry as a record of fleeting and subjective states if we are to understand Pope fully. Instead, we must see him as an accomplished practitioner of thepoetry of ideas and of satirical reflection on human society. This collection is chosen from the Oxford Authors critical edition of Pope's major works.