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Excavations in Homer: speculative archaeologies in Alice Oswald’s and Barbara Köhler’s responses to the Iliad and the Odyssey

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The essay offers a comparative examination of Alice Oswald’s Memorial (2011), which re-works material from the Iliad, and the German poet Barbara Köhler’s poem cycle Niemands Frau (Nobody’s Wife, 2007), which responds to the Odyssey. I argue that in dissolving the narrative line that characterizes Homer’s epics, both poets perform ‘speculative archaeologies’. Oswald’s treatment brings to the fore traces of lament and pastoral lyric forms that may have predated Homer’s narrative organization, ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Medieval & Modern Languages Faculty
Sub department:
German
Oxford college:
St Hilda's College
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press Publisher's website
Host title:
Homer's Daughters: Women's Responses to Homer in the Twentieth Century and Beyond
Chapter number:
8
Publication date:
2019-10-10
Source identifiers:
997204
ISBN:
9780198802587
Language:
English
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Deposit date:
2019-12-23

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