Pindar's Verbal Art : An Ethnographic Study of Epinician Style Hardback
Part of the Hellenic Studies series
In "Pindar's Verbal Art", James Bradley Wells argues that the victory song is a traditional art form that appealed to a popular audience and served exclusive elite interests through the inclusive appeal of entertainment, popular instruction, and laughter.
This is the first study of Pindar's language that applies performance as a method for the ethnographic description and interpretation of entextualized records of verbal art.
In Mikhail Bakhtin's terms, "Pindar's Verbal Art" is a sociological stylistics of epinician language and demonstrates that Pindar's is a highly dialogical form of art, an intertextual web of voices, whose study enables us to appreciate popular dimensions of his songs.
Wells offers a new take on recurrent Pindaric questions: genre, the unity of the victory song, tradition, and, principally, epinician performance.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 250 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
- Publication Date: 05/02/2010
- Category: Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
- ISBN: 9780674036277