The Unknown Odysseus: Alternate Worlds in Homer's Odyssey

The Unknown Odysseus: Alternate Worlds in Homer's Odyssey

Thomas Van Nortwick


The Unknown Odysseus is a examine of ways Homer creates types of his hero, person who is the positive protagonist of the revenge plot and one other, extra subversive, nameless determine whose numerous personae exemplify a wholly varied set of assumptions in regards to the global wherein every one hero strikes and concerning the form and which means of human lifestyles. keeping apart the 2 views permits us to work out extra essentially how the poem's twin concentration can start to clarify a few of the infamous problems readers have encountered in puzzling over the Odyssey. In The Unknown Odysseus, Thomas Van Nortwick deals the main whole exploration thus far of the consequences of Odysseus' divided nature, displaying the way it permits Homer to discover the riddles of human id in a profound approach that isn't often well-known by means of reports concentrating on just one "real" hero within the narrative. This new viewpoint at the epic enriches the realm of the poem in a manner that may curiosity either common readers and classical scholars.

". . .an based and lucid severe examine that also is an outstanding creation to the poem."
---David Quint, London overview of Books

"Thomas Van Nortwick's eloquently written ebook will provide the neophyte a transparent interpretive course in the course of the epic whereas reminding skilled readers why they need to nonetheless care in regards to the Odyssey's unresolved interpretive cruces. The Unknown Odysseus isn't basically available, yet a real excitement to read."
---Lillian Doherty, college of Maryland

"Contributing to a major new point of view on figuring out the epic, Thomas Van Nortwick needs to withstand the dominant, even imperial narrative that attempts so tough to trick, beguile, or even bully its listeners into accepting the inevitability of Odysseus' heroism."
---Victoria Pedrick, Georgetown University

Thomas Van Nortwick is Nathan A. Greenberg Professor of Classics at Oberlin university and writer of Somewhere i have not Travelled: the second one Self and the Hero's trip in historic Epic (1992) and Oedipus: The which means of a Masculine Life (1998).

Jacket artwork: Head of Odysseus from a sculptural workforce representing Odysseus killing Polyphemus within the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Sperlonga, Italy. picture by means of Marie-Lan Nguyen.

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