The Language of Sophocles: Communality, Communication and Involvement

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The Language of Sophocles: Communality, Communication and Involvement by Felix Budelmann, 9780521660402
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  • ISBN: 9780521660402 | 0521660408
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 11/28/1999

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This book is a wide-ranging study of Sophoclean language. From a detailed analysis of sentence-structure in the first chapter, it moves on to discuss in subsequent chapters how language shapes the perception of characters, of myths, of gods and of choruses. All chapters are united by a shared concern: how does Sophoclean language engage readers and spectators? In answering this question, The Language of Sophocles avoids the current emphasis on cultural specificity. Instead, it concentrates on those aspects of Sophoclean language which can engage a large number of different spectators and readers. With this change in emphasis, this study is able to offer various fresh observations about the workings of Sophoclean language. Although the book focuses on the original Greek, translations make it accessible to anybody interested in Greek tragedy.

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