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Pindar's EyesVisual and Material Culture in Epinician Poetry$
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David Fearn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198746379

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198746379.001.0001

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Eyes and ‘I’s

(p.1) Introduction
Pindar's Eyes

David Fearn

Oxford University Press

The introduction sets the following discussions in their scholarly context, with particular attention to other contemporary approaches to lyric both within Classics and in comparative literature and critical theory, as well as to art-historical approaches. Literary approaches to lyric deixis are brought together with art-historical and other literary approaches to visuality, subjectivity, and ecphrasis. Pindar’s immersion in a world of material culture and attention to the world as perceived visually fosters a special poetic creativity. The upshot is a poetics of referentiality, according to which Pindar’s consumers are invited to consider the distance between their own situatedness and the worlds being creatively referred to, through the complex mediation of poetic voices. The sensibilities, attitudes, and experiences being constructed also contribute to a new understanding of the importance of lyric as a culturally valuable resource in fifth-century Greece.

Keywords:   Pindar, lyric, deixis, ecphrasis, subjectivity, referentiality, material culture, art-historical

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