The Raft of Odysseus: The Ethnographic Imagination of Homer's Odyssey
Oxford University Press, 05.04.2001 - 256 Seiten
The Raft of Odysseus looks at the fascinating intersection of traditional myth with an enthnographically-viewed Homeric world. Carol Dougherty argues that the resourcefulness of Odysseus as an adventurer on perilous seas served as an example to Homer's society which also had to adjust in inventive ways to turbulent conditions. The fantastic adventures of Odysseus act as a prism for the experiences of Homer's own listeners--traders, seafarers, storytellers, soldiers--and give us a glimpse into their own world of hopes and fears, 500 years after the Iliadic events were supposed to have happened.
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Home at Last
Odysseus Returned and Ithaca Refounded
From Raft to Bed
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addition Alcinous appears archaic argues arrival articulate association audience beginning Book bring cannibalism cargo century chapter colonial connection construction context cultural Cyclopes describe discussion early east encounter epic especially ethnographic Euhoeans Eumaeus example exchange experience exploration fact familiar finally gift give gold Golden Age Greece Greek helps hero Hesiod historical Homeric hospitality ideal Iliad imagination important island issues Ithaca journey kind land live look marriage mean metals metaphor mobility Muses narrative nature nautical notion Odysseus offers once opposition overseas palace passage Penelope Phaeacians Phoenicians poem poet poetic poetry potential productive profit provides raft reading relationship represent respect return home role sailing scene sense settlement ships similar sing skill social song story structure suggests suitors tale tells themes trade tradition Troy truth turn West
Seite 86 - I' the commonwealth I would by contraries Execute all things ; for no kind of traffic Would I admit ; no name of magistrate ; Letters should not be known : riches, poverty, And use of service, none ; contract, succession, Bourn, bound of land, tilth, vineyard, none : No use of metal, corn, or wine, or oil : No occupation ; all men idle, all ; And women too ; but innocent and pure : No sovereignty : — Seb.
Seite 86 - All things in common nature should produce Without sweat or endeavour: treason, felony, Sword, pike, knife, gun, or need of any engine, Would I not have; but nature should bring forth, Of its own kind, all foison, all abundance, To feed my innocent people.
Seite 8 - ... of what he is doing ("practicing a burlesque of a friend faking a wink to deceive an innocent into thinking a conspiracy is in motion") lies the object of ethnography: a stratified hierarchy of meaningful structures in terms of which twitches, winks, fakewinks, parodies, rehearsals of parodies are produced, perceived, and interpreted, and without which they would not...
Seite 84 - Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground ; long heath, brown furze, any thing : The wills above be done ! but I would fain die a dry death.
Seite 27 - Their ships are wretched affairs, and many of them get lost ; for they have no iron fastenings, and are only stitched together with twine made from the husk of the Indian nut. They beat this husk until it becomes like horse-hair, and from that they spin twine, and with this stitch the planks of the ships together. It keeps well, and is not corroded by the sea-water, but it will not stand well in a storm.
Seite 13 - tis true, I must be here confin'd by you, Or sent to Naples. Let me not, Since I have my dukedom got, And pardon'd the deceiver, dwell In this bare island by your spell; But release me from my bands With the help of your good hands. Gentle breath of yours my sails Must fill, or else my project fails, Which was to please.
Seite 8 - Consider, he says, two boys rapidly contracting the eyelids of their right eyes. In one, this is an involuntary twitch; in the other, a conspiratorial signal to a friend. The two movements are, as movements, identical; from an I-am-a-camera, "phenomenalistic...
Seite 5 - Meanwhile, the conception of space that has been developed here suggests that a model of political culture appropriate to our own situation will necessarily have to raise spatial issues as its fundamental organizing concern.