Sardonic Smile: Nonverbal Behavior in Homeric Epic Donald Lateiner

ISBN: 9780472084906

Published: August 1st 1998

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368 pages


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Sardonic Smile: Nonverbal Behavior in Homeric Epic  by  Donald Lateiner

Sardonic Smile: Nonverbal Behavior in Homeric Epic by Donald Lateiner
August 1st 1998 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 368 pages | ISBN: 9780472084906 | 4.63 Mb

In Sardonic Smile, Donald Lateiner examines every major variety of Homeric nonverbal behavior, especially those found in the Odyssey. Noting differences from modern gestures and attending to variation that results from gender, age, and status,MoreIn Sardonic Smile, Donald Lateiner examines every major variety of Homeric nonverbal behavior, especially those found in the Odyssey.

Noting differences from modern gestures and attending to variation that results from gender, age, and status, Lateiner explores the silent language and what goes without saying among the heroes Odysseus, Telemakhos, and Penelope--but also the savage Kyklops, the suitors, and the servants.

No previous work has thoroughly analyzed nonverbal behavior in Homeric epic. Gesture and posture, conscious and unconscious manipulation of space and time, and involuntary leakage, such as twitching and shivering, can intensify and underline--or contradict and ironize--the speech of characters and hexameter narrative.A Choice Outstanding Academic Book for 1995.An important contribution to Homeric studies.

--ChoiceSardonic Smile opens up new dimensions for the study of ancient literature- one may predict that analysis of the nonverbal parallel texts will become increasingly common as a result of the important study. --Walter Donlan, Classical JournalDonald Lateiner is John R. Wright Professor of Greek and Humanities, Ohio Wesleyan University. He is the author of The Historical Method of Herodotus and has written and lectured widely on nonverbal behavior in antiquity.



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