The Ulysses theme : a study in the adaptability of a traditional hero

by William Bedell Stanford

Book, 1992



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Dallas, TX : Spring Publications, [1992]

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xxvi, 340 p.; 23 cm

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This book offers substance to contemporary reflections on manhood. Comradeship, heroism, virtue, wandering, trickery, psychopathy, father-son issues, relations between men and a variety of feminie forms, and the intervention of the Gods. Stanford surveys the range of responses—from Euripides to Kazantzakis—to Ulysses’ ambiguous nature, transforming Homeric studies by focusing on literary and psychological analysis.

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LibraryThing member jsburbidge
This is a survey, with all the strengths and limitations which that entails, of the figure of Odysseus from Homer through the first half of the Twentieth Century. Stanford had the required background: he edited one of the standard editions of the Odyssey, is familiar with the intermediate works, and is a sympathetic reader of Joyce's Ulysses and of Kazantzakis. He focusses on highlights - this is not intended as an exhaustive study - and spends the greatest amount of time, as one might expect, on Homer. Worthwhile reading, especially if you have no familiarity with the Mediaeval and Renaissance background, or as a case study in how different periods can alter readings and re-presentations of traditional material.… (more)
LibraryThing member JayLivernois
This work contains a brilliant essay by Charles Boer as a Foreword, "The Classicist and the Psychopath."
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