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Author Morrison, James V., 1956-

Title Homeric misdirection : false predictions in the Iliad / James V. Morrison.

Published Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [1992]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  883.01 HOMER/MORR    AVAILABLE
Physical description 166 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Michigan monographs in classical antiquity.
Michigan monographs in classical antiquity.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 149-155) and indexes.
Contents 1. Misdirection as a Poetic Strategy -- 2. A Narrative Analysis of the Iliad -- 3. Iliad 1 and Alternatives to the Epic Tradition -- 4. Misdirection 1: False Anticipation -- 5. Misdirection 2: Epic Suspense -- 6. Misdirection 3: Thematic Misdirection -- 7. The Iliad and the Audience: Mortal Miscalculation -- 8. Homer and the Tradition -- Appendix: The Myth of Meleager and Homeric Misdirection.
Summary It is a familiar problem for authors of all kinds: how to make the tale interesting when the audience knows - or thinks it knows - the end of the story. As James V. Morrison illustrates in Homeric Misdirection, delay, suspense, and uncertainty all play essential roles in revitalizing the Iliad's traditional story of the Trojan War. In this persuasive and suggestive work, the author studies key passages that anticipate later events in the epic. An exploration of Zeus' prophecies, Achilles' threats, and the poet's own commentary indicates that the effect of such misdirection is to undermine the audience's belief in its own ability to predict outcomes. Ultimately this uncertainty reminds the poet's listeners of the limits of their own knowledge. This in turn creates a link between the doubt and uncertainty of the audience and that of characters in the Iliad.
Homeric Misdirection will be of interest not only to students and scholars in classical studies, but also to those interested in the development of narrative, audience-response criticism, and epic literature.
Subject Homer. Iliad.
Homer -- Technique.
Achilles (Mythological character) -- In literature.
Epic poetry, Greek -- History and criticism.
Truthfulness and falsehood in literature.
Trojan War -- Literature and the war.
Authors and readers -- Greece.
Prophecies in literature.
Deception in literature.
Narration (Rhetoric)
Rhetoric, Ancient.
ISBN 0472103520 (alk. paper)