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Hearts, Bellies, and the Hunger of Heroes: Intertraditional Agonistic Discourse between the Iliad and Odyssey

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Title: Hearts, Bellies, and the Hunger of Heroes: Intertraditional Agonistic Discourse between the Iliad and Odyssey
Author: McMullin, Israel
Advisor(s): Garcia Jr., Lorenzo
Committee Member(s): Garcia Jr., Lorenzo
Cyrino, Monica
Brau, Lorie
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Subject(s): Homer
Iliad
Odyssey
Performance Studies
Greek Epic
LC Subject(s): Homer--Criticism and interpretation
Epic poetry, Greek--Criticism, Textual
Degree Level: Masters
Abstract: Within this thesis I argue that the Iliad and Odyssey, as representatives of sub-genres within the larger archaic Greek epic tradition, engage in a shared agonistic discourse with one another in order to demonstrate that the hero of each epic is superior to that of its competitor. In order to trace this agonistic discourse, I examine the manner in which each epic employs the terms thumos, “heart,” and gaster, “belly,” to define itself in opposition to its competing epic sub-genre. Traditionally scholars have considered the Odyssey the more recent of the two epics and, thus, relying upon the Iliad. However, I contend that both epics are the products of competing performance traditions, such that we may find not only that the Odyssey is in agonistic competition with the Iliad, but that the Iliad is itself competing with the Odyssey.
Graduation Date: May 2011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12821

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