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Language and Character in Euripides' Electra.

Author: Evert Van Emde Boas
Publisher: Oxford : OUP Oxford, 2017.
Series: Oxford classical monographs.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This study of Euripides' Electra marries linguistics and literary criticism to provide novel insights into the interpretation of the play. Focusing on characterization, it demonstrates how the figures are shaped through their use of language, using new means of analysis to argue for a balanced interpretation and challenge prevailing views.
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Van Emde Boas, Evert.
Language and Character in Euripides' Electra.
Oxford : OUP Oxford, ©2017
Named Person: Euripides.; Euripides; Euripides.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Evert Van Emde Boas
ISBN: 9780192512208 019251220X 0192512218 9780192512215 9780191835445 0191835447
OCLC Number: 971365845
Notes: 3. Analysis of the narrative.
Description: 1 online resource (336 pages).
Contents: Cover; Language and Character in Euripides ́Electra; Copyright; Dedication; Preface; Table of Contents; List of Figures; A Note on Citations, Abbreviations, and Cross-referencing; Introduction: Modern Linguistics and Euripides ́Electra; 1. Aims, approaches, outline ; 1.1. Reading, linguistically; 1.2. Outline of the book; 2. Linguistic approaches ; 2.1. Introduction: Bauformen and text types; 2.2. Conversation analysis; 2.3. Pragmatics; 2.3.1. Speech acts; 2.3.2. (Neo- )Gricean theories of meaning; 2.4. Sociolinguistics; 2.4.1. Gender; 2.4.2. Politeness and power. 2.5. Gnomic utterances in context: some aspects of modern paroemiology2.6. Narrative and argumentative texts: discourse cohesion; 3. Textual criticism ; 4. A view of the play ; 4.1. Characters and characterization; 4.1.1. Conceptualization; characterization through style; 4.1.2. Electra and Orestes; 4.2. Themes and motifs; 4.3. Tradition (and the recognition scene); 4.4. The roads not taken . . .; I: Rustic Language: The Peasant; 1. Introduction; 2. A peasantś tale (1-53); 3. Husband and wife (54-81, 341-63, 404-31); 3.1. A marriage under face threat; 3.2. Getting water (54-81). 3.3. Welcoming guests (341-63)3.4. Preparing food (404-31); 4. Further stylistic points; conclusion; II: Constancy amid Change: The Linguistic Characterization of Electra; 1. Introduction; 2. Resistance through lament: the early scenes (54-81, 112-214); 2.1. Electra as mourner; 2.2. Electra as wife; 2.3. Electra as Argive `maiden;́ 2.4. The characterization of Electra; 2.4.1. Patterns of miscommunication; 2.4.2. Electraś character: the debate; 3. Electra and her unexpected guest (215-338); 3.1. The stichomythia (215-89); 3.2. The `message ́(300-38); 4. Recognition and planning (487-698). 5. Electra, Aegisthus, and Clytemnestra5.1. A play of halves?; 5.2. The `kakology ́(907-56); 5.2.1. Electraś `undramatic ́generalizations; 5.2.2. Analysis of the speech; 5.3. `Into the boudoir:́ Electra and Clytemnestra (998-1146); 5.3.1. Opening exchanges (998-1010); 5.3.2. Clytemnestraś speech (1011-50); 5.3.3. Parrhēsia (1055-9); 5.3.4. Electraś speech (1060-99); 5.3.5. Mother and daughter (1102-46); 6. Exodos; 6.1. The kommos (1177-232); 6.2. The deus ex machina (1233-358); III: Orestes ́Linguistic (Dis)guises; 1. Introduction; 2. Orestes incognito; 2.1. Initial observations. 2.2. The general reflections2.2.1. `A man in exile is powerless ́(236); 2.2.2. Pity and intelligence (290-6); 2.2.3. Evaluating character (367-400); 2.3. The second disguise (774-858); 3. Conclusion; IV: Redrawing the Lines: Pragmatics and Gender in Textual Criticism; 1. Introduction; 1.1. Vexed passages; 1.2. L and P; 2. Divided we pray (671-84); 3. The hesitation scene (959-87); 3.1. On giving orders and having fashion sense (959-66); 3.2. Diverging minds (967-87); 4. Conclusion; V: A Tense Affair: The Messenger Speech; 1. Introduction; 2. Not `what? ́but `how?́
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