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Initiating the Viewer: Deixis and Visual Perception in Alcman's Lyric Drama

Peponi, Anastasia-Erasmia Peponi, Anastasia-Erasmia (correspondence author)

Arethusa, October 2004, Vol.37(3), pp.295-316 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Initiating the Viewer: Deixis and Visual Perception in Alcman's Lyric Drama
  • Author: Peponi, Anastasia-Erasmia
  • Peponi, Anastasia-Erasmia (correspondence author)
  • Description: Lines 36-72 of Alcman's Louvre Partheneion, an Ancient Greek lyric poem designed for performance by a young female Spartan chorus in a ritual context, are presented with an English verse translation, combining elements of D. A. Campbell's (1988) & C. Calame's (1983) interpretations; analysis of the text focuses on a dense network of sight-related deixis whereby the ritual is made theatrical through repeated thematization of the performance context & actual performers. Although the singer & other performers appear to be directly indicated by the deictic mechanisms of the text, the latter contain references to imaginary visual perceptions that create a fictional reality populated by real people; eg, one performer actually present is said to "shine" & is converted by simile into the sun. Similarly structured visual descriptions are cited from the Iliad, where racing horses are said to fly at lines 23:506 & 23:449. J. Hitchcock
  • Is Part Of: Arethusa, October 2004, Vol.37(3), pp.295-316
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0004-0975
  • Subjects: Literary Criticism (48700) ; Poetics (66140) ; Deixis (17750) ; Ancient Greek (02800) ; Poetry (66150) ; Visual Perception (94600) ; Historical Text Analysis (32130) ; Poetics/Literary Theory; Literary Criticism ; Article
  • Language: English

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