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Van Nortwick, Thomas 1946-

Works: 13 works in 102 publications in 2 languages and 7,717 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: PA3022.E6, 883.0109352
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Most widely held works by Thomas Van Nortwick
Somewhere I have never travelled : the second self and the hero's journey in ancient epic by Thomas Van Nortwick( Book )
24 editions published between 1991 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 700 libraries worldwide
"Exploring the hero's journey as a metaphor for spiritual evolution, this book combines literary, psychological, and spiritual insights to examine three ancient epics: The Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer's Iliad, and Virgil's Aeneid. Van Nortwick focuses on the relationship of the hero to one or more "second selves," or alter egos. Through these second selves the poems address central and enduring truths about human life: that heroism in pursuit of glory can lead to alienation from one's self; and that spiritual wholeness can only be achieved through what appears, at first, to be the negation of the self. The discussion also serves as an introduction to the central themes and historical evolution of ancient epic. Book jacket."--Jacket
Oedipus : the meaning of a masculine life by Thomas Van Nortwick( Book )
7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 507 libraries worldwide
Imagining men : ideals of masculinity in ancient Greek culture by Thomas Van Nortwick( Book )
6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 406 libraries worldwide
From the Publisher: Exploring models for masculinity as they appear in major works of Greek literature, this book combines literary, historical, and psychological insights to examine how the ancient Greeks understood the meaning of a man's life. The thoughts and actions of Achilles, Odysseus, Oedipus, and other enduring characters from Greek literature reflect the imperatives that the ancient Greeks saw as governing a man's life as he moved from childhood to adult maturity to old age. Because the Greeks believed that men (as opposed to women) were by nature the proper agents of human civilization within the larger order of the universe, examining how the Greeks thought that a man ought to live his life prompts exploration of the place of human life in a world governed by transcendent forces, nature, fate, and the gods. While focusing on the experience of men in ancient Greece, the discussion also offers an analysis of the society in which they lived, addressing questions still vital in our own time, such as how the members of a society should govern themselves, distribute resources, form relationships with others, weigh the needs of the individual against the larger good of the community, and establish right relations with divine forces beyond their knowledge or control. Suggestions for further reading offer the reader the chance to explore the ideas in the book
The unknown Odysseus : alternate worlds in Homer's Odyssey by Thomas Van Nortwick( Book )
16 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 332 libraries worldwide
"The Unknown Odysseus is a study of how Homer creates two versions of his hero, one who is the triumphant protagonist of the revenge plot and another, more subversive, anonymous figure whose various personae exemplify an entirely different set of assumptions about the world through which each hero moves and about the shape and meaning of human life. Separating the two perspectives allows us to see more clearly how the poem's dual focus can begin to explain some of the notorious difficulties readers have encountered in thinking about the Odyssey. In The Unknown Odysseus, Thomas Van Nortwick offers the most complete exploration to date of the implications of Odysseus' divided nature, showing how it allows Homer to explore the riddles of human identity in a profound way that is not usually recognized by studies focusing on only one "real" hero in the narrative. This new perspective on the epic enriches the world of the poem in a way that will interest both general readers and classical scholars."--Jacket
Compromising traditions : the personal voice in classical scholarship by Judith P Hallett( Book )
17 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 273 libraries worldwide
Compromising Traditions: The Personal Voice in Classical Scholarship is the first collection of theoretically informed autobiographical writing in the field of classical studies
Late Sophocles : the hero's evolution in Electra, Philoctetes, and Oedipus at Colonus by Thomas Van Nortwick( Book )
7 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 201 libraries worldwide
"Only a few plays by Sophocles--one of the great tragic playwrights from Classical Athens--have survived, and each of them dramatizes events from the rich store of myths that framed literature and art. Sophocles' treatment evokes issues that were vividly contemporary for Athenian audiences of the Periclean age: How could the Athenians incorporate older, aristocratic ideas about human excellence into their new democratic society? Could citizens learn to be morally excellent, or were these qualities only inherited? What did it mean to be a creature who knows that he or she must die? Late Sophocles traces the evolution of the Sophoclean hero through the final three plays, Electra, Philoctetes, and Oedipus at Colonus. The book's main thesis, that Sophocles reimagined the nature of the tragic hero in his last three works, is developed inductively through readings of the plays. This balanced approach, in which a detailed argument about the plays is offered in a format accessible to nonspecialists, is unusual--perhaps unique--in contemporary Classical scholarship on Sophocles. This book will appeal to nonspecialist readers of serious literature as well as scholars of classical and other literatures. While including ample guidance for those not familiar with the plays, Late Sophocles goes beyond a generalized description of "what happens" in the plays to offer a clear, jargon-free argument for the enduring importance of Sophocles' plays. The argument's implications for longstanding interpretational issues will be of interest to specialists. All Greek is translated."--
The Homeric Hymn to Hermes : a study in early Greek hexameter style by Thomas Van Nortwick( Book )
16 editions published between 1975 and 1992 in English and Multiple languages and held by 17 libraries worldwide
The personal voice in classical scholarship : literary and theoretical reflections ( Book )
3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 8 libraries worldwide
Imagining Men: Ideals of Masculinity in Ancient Greek Culture (Praeger series on the ancient world) by Thomas Van Nortwick( Book )
1 edition published in 2008 in Undetermined and held by 1 library worldwide
Thomas Merton and the call of mystery by Thomas Van Nortwick( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Like a woman : Hector and the boundaries of masculinity by Thomas Van Nortwick( Article )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
The Homeric Hymn to Hermes by Thomas Van Nortwick( Book )
1 edition published in 1976 in Undetermined and held by 1 library worldwide
"Do not go gently..." : Oedipus at Colonus and the psychology of aging by Thomas Van Nortwick( Article )
1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
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