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Homer in the Twentieth CenturyBetween World Literature and the Western Canon$
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Barbara Graziosi and Emily Greenwood

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199298266

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298266.001.0001

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Logue’s Tele-Vision: Reading Homer from a Distance

Logue’s Tele-Vision: Reading Homer from a Distance

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Homer in the Twentieth Century

Emily Greenwood

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Christopher Logue's adaptations of the Iliad as a case-study in mediating the foreignness of Homer for modern, anglophone readers. Although Logue's Homer draws freely on modern technologies, contemporary cultural references, and the full tradition of English literature, the chapter argues that in spite of its distance from Homer, Logue's War Music conveys many of the distinctive features of Homeric epic in equivalent terms, and reflects many of the shifts that took place in Homeric scholarship in the 20th century. However, Logue's relationship with Homeric scholarship (and classical scholarship) is not always harmonious and reveals deep-seated anxieties about popular adaptations usurping the academic prerogative to interpret Homer.

Keywords:   Homer, Christopher Logue, War Music, reception, translation, similes, Elizabeth Minchin

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