"Homer and the Dual Model" of the Tragic interprets both of
Homer's epics as demonstrating a sense of "the Tragic." While this
view of human experience and society is customarily linked with
Greek tragedy rather than epic, Rinon uses close readings of the
texts to argue persuasively that both "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey"
present a view of pathos interwoven with the knowledge that it is
unavoidable and inexplicable.
Using Aristotle's "Poetics "as a guide toward defining
"eutuchia" and "dystuchia," Rinon analyzes specific sections of the
epics. He touches on the Cyclops episode and its use of Bakhtinian
"heteroglossia," on the use of Hephaestus' creativity in both epics
in the emergence of tragic signification, and on Demodocus' songs
in book 8 of "The Odyssey" as seen through Andre Gide's" mise en
abime." Other detailed readings look at individual themes and
characters in the poems, including the image of the dog, the
speeches in the ninth book of "The Iliad," and numerous minor
Yoav Rinon's integration of classical philology, narratology,
and post-colonial studies makes "Homer and the Dual Model of the
Tragic" a widely interdisciplinary book, one that will appeal to
both specialists and undergraduates in comparative literature,
philosophy, and classical studies.
Yoav Rinon is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of General and
Comparative Literature and the Department of Classics at The Hebrew
University. His previous books include "Sadian Reflections" (2005)
and "Aristotle's Poetics: Translation, Notes and Commentary" (in
Cover credit: "La Fragua de Vulcano," courtesy of Museo Nacional
del Prado, Spain
"Rinon is a subtle and eloquent reader of Homer, capable of
opening fresh perspectives on even some of the most familiar
passages of the two epics."
---Stephen Halliwell, Professor of Greek, University of St.
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