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dc.contributor.authorBarnard, Scott
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-01T22:48:11Z
dc.date.available2011-07-01T22:48:11Z
dc.date.issued2011-07-01
dc.date.submittedMay 2011
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1928/12822
dc.description.abstractMy objective in this project is to explore the ways in which the Homeric figures of Odysseus and Ajax are reinterpreted for the tragic stage by Sophocles and Euripides, with particular emphasis on the presence of marked sophistic modes and values of speech. My thesis begins with an overview of the sophistic movement and a discussion of the philosophical and stylistic tenets of sophism. Based on these, I theorize that during fifth century Be a civic anxiety over the power of sophistic rhetoric develops in Athens and finds unique expression in tragic poetry. Next, I define the particular rhetorical styles and traditions for depicting Odysseus and Ajax in the Homeric epics; I then explore the ways the playwrights redeploy these tropes to render tragic characters that reflect contemporary concerns and questions about the power and responsible use of civic speech. In doing so, I identify strategies employed by both figurers in Homer to persuade a variety of audiences and the specific manners in which these strategies are engendered in the tragic re-imaginings of both characters.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectHomeren_US
dc.subjectOdysseusen_US
dc.subjectAjaxen_US
dc.subjectSophoclesen_US
dc.subjectRhetoricen_US
dc.subject.lcshOdysseus (Greek mythology) in literature
dc.subject.lcshAjax (Greek mythology) in literature
dc.subject.lcshSophists (Greek philosophy) in literature
dc.titleA New Language for Heroes: Odysseus, Ajax, and Sophistic Language in Attic Tragedyen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeComparative Literatures and Cultural Studiesen_US
dc.description.levelMastersen_US
dc.description.departmentUniversity of New Mexico. Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literaturesen_US
dc.description.advisorCyrino, Monica
dc.description.advisorCyrino, Monica
dc.description.committee-memberCyrino, Monica
dc.description.committee-memberGarcia Jr., Lorenzo
dc.description.committee-memberNocentelli, Carmen


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