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Homer in the Twentieth Century: Between World Literature and the Western Canon

Barbara Graziosi and Emily Greenwood


The 20th century saw many contrasting approaches to Homer. On the one hand, Homer was often seen as the father of the western literary canon, the first author in a genealogy that included canonical poets such as Apollonius, Virgil, Dante, and Milton. On the other, Homeric poetry was thought to have strong affinities with poems, performances, and traditions that were sometimes deemed neither literary nor western: the epic of Yugoslavia and sub-Saharan Africa, the keening performances of Irish women, the spontaneous inventiveness of the Blues. This collection of essays attempts to trace the tens ... More

Keywords: Homer, Homeric epic, reception, world literature, Western canon

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199298266
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298266.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Graziosi, editor
Senior Lecturer in Classics, Durham University
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Emily Greenwood, editor
Lecturer in Ancient Greek Literature, University of St Andrews
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