Pindar's Verbal Art: An Ethnographic Study of Epinician Style - Hellenic Studies Series (Paperback)
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Pindar's Verbal Art: An Ethnographic Study of Epinician Style - Hellenic Studies Series (Paperback)

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Published: 01/02/2010
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In Pindar’s Verbal Art, James Bradley Wells argues that the victory song is a traditional art form that appealed to a popular audience and served exclusive elite interests through the inclusive appeal of entertainment, popular instruction, and laughter. This is the first study of Pindar’s language that applies performance as a method for the ethnographic description and interpretation of entextualized records of verbal art. In Mikhail Bakhtin’s terms, Pindar’s Verbal Art is a sociological stylistics of epinician language and demonstrates that Pindar’s is a highly dialogical form of art, an intertextual web of voices, whose study enables us to appreciate popular dimensions of his songs. Wells offers a new take on recurrent Pindaric questions: genre, the unity of the victory song, tradition, and, principally, epinician performance.

Publisher: Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
ISBN: 9780674036277
Number of pages: 250
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm

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