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Bibliography on Epic

Orality and Literacy

Beissinger, Margaret H., Jane Tylus, and Susanne Lindgren Wofford. 1999. Eds., Epic Traditions in the Contemporary World: The Poetics of Community. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Harris, William V. 1989. Ancient Literacy. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Momaday, N. Scott. "The Native Voice." In Emory Elliott, ed. The Columbia Literary History of the United States. Columbia University Press, 1988. 5-15.

Thomas, Rosalind. Literacy and Orality in Ancient Greece. Cambridge, 1992.

Homer's Odyssey

Austin, Norman. Archery at the Dark of the Moon. Berkeley: California, 1975.

Dimock, George. The Unity of the Odyssey. University of Massachusetts Press, 1989.

Edwards, Mark W. 1986. "Homer and Oral Tradition: The Formula, Part I." Oral Tradition, 1: 171-230.

          . 1988. "Homer and Oral Tradition: The Formula, Part II." Oral Tradition, 3: 11-60.

          . 1992. "Homer and Oral Tradition: The Type-Scene." Oral Tradition, 7: 284-330.

Foley, Helene. "Penelope as Moral Agent." The Distaff Side: Representing the Female in Homer's Odyssey. Ed. Beth Cohen. Oxford, 1995. 93-115.

Foley, John Miles. 1999. Homer's Traditional Art. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press.

Heubeck, A., S. West; J. B. Hainsworth; A. Hoekstra; J. Russo, eds. A Commentary on Homer's Odyssey. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988-1992.

de Jong, Irene. A Narratological Commentary on the Odyssey. Cambridge, 2001.

Lateiner, Donald. The Sardonic Smile: Nonverbal Behavior in Homeric Epic. Ann Arbor: Michigan, 1995.

Martin, Richard P. 1989. The Language of Heroes: Speech and Performance in the Iliad. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Nagy, Gregory. 1996. Poetry as Performance: Homer and Beyond. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Parks, Ward. 1990. Verbal Dueling in Heroic Narrative: The Homeric and Old English Traditions. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Parry, Milman. 1971. The Making of Homeric Verse: The Collected Papers of Milman Parry. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Rpt. 1987.

Thalmann, William. The Swineherd and the Bow. Representations of Class in the Odyssey. Ithaca: Cornell, 1998.

De Vet, Thérčse. 1996. "The Joint Role of Orality and Literacy in the Composition, Transmission, and Performance of the Homeric Texts: A Comparative View." Transactions of the American Philological Association, 126 (1996): 43-76.

Derek Walcott, The Odyssey

Davis, Gregson. "Reframing the Homeric: Images of the Odyssey in the Art of Derek Walcott and Romare Bearden." A Companion to Classical Receptions. Ed. L. Hardwick and C. Stray. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 401-14.

Farrell, Joseph. 1999. In Beissinger, Margaret H., Jane Tylus, and Susanne Lindgren Wofford, eds., Epic Traditions in the Contemporary World: The Poetics of Community. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Gooch, Matt. "Derek Walcott's The Odyssey: A Stage Version." Washington and Lee University, 2001.

Hamner, Robert D. "Creolizing Homer for the Stage: Walcott's The Odyssey." Twentieth Century Literature 47.3 (2001) 374-90.

Hofmeister, Timothy, ed. 1999. "From Homer to Omeros: Derek Walcott's Omeros and Odyssey." Special Issue of Classical World 93.1.

Martyniuk, Irene. "Playing with Europe: Derek Walcott's Retelling of Homer's Odyssey." Callaloo 28.1 (2005) 188-99.

McConnell, Justine. "The 'Unread' Homer: Derek Walcott's Omeros and The Odyssey: A Stage Version." Black Odysseys: The Homeric Odyssey in the African Diaspora since 1939. Oxford 2013. Ch. 4.


Vergil's Aeneid

Evans, J.A. 2003. "'Self' and 'Other': The Ideology of Assimilation in Vergil's Aeneid." Scholia 12: 45-59.

Feeney, Denis. 1991. The Gods in Epic. Poets and Critics of the Classical Tradition. New York: Oxford university Press.

Fowler, Don. 1997. "Virgilian Narrative: Story-telling." In Charles Martindale, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Virgil. Cambridge University Press. 259-70.

Harrison, S. J., ed. 1990. Oxford Readings in Vergil's Aeneid. Oxford.

Keith, A.M. 2000. Engendering Rome: Women in Latin Epic. Cambridge.

Laird, Andrew. 2003. "Roman epic theatre? Reception, performance and the poet in Virgil's Aeneid." Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society 49: 19-39.

McManus, Barbara. 1997. "Transgendered Moments. Revisiting Vergil's Aeneid." In Classics and Feminism: Gendering the Classics. Twayne. 91-118.

Perkell, Christine, ed. 1999. Reading Vergil's Aeneid: An Interpretive Guide. Oklahoma.

Quint, David. 1993. "Repetition and Ideology in the Aeneid." In Epic and Empire: Politics and Generic Form from Virgil to Milton. Princeton University Press. 50-96.

Sale, Merritt. 1999. "Virgil's Formularity and Pius Aeneas." In Signs of Orality: The Oral Tradition and its Influence in the Greek and Roman World, ed. E. A. Mackay. Leiden: Brill. Pp. 199-220.

The Song of Roland


Sunjata Epic

Austen, Ralph A., ed. 1999. In search of Sunjata: The Mande oral epic as history, literature, and performance. Blommington: Indiana University Press.

Belcher, Stephen. 1999. "Sunjata and the Traditions of the Manden." Epic Traditions of Africa. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 89-114.

Haring, Lee. 1994. Ed., African Oral Traditions. A special issue of Oral Tradition, 9, i.

Johnson, John William. 2003. Trans., The Epic of Son-Jara: A West African Tradition. Text by Fa-Digi Sisňkň. 3rd ed. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. Orig. ed. 1986.

Okpewho, Isidore. 1992. African Oral Literature: Backgrounds, Character, Continuity. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.


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