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The evaluative comments of the primary narrator-focalizer of the Iliad

Grant number: 17/16420-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2017
Effective date (End): September 30, 2019
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Classical Languages
Principal researcher:Christian Werner
Grantee:Gabriela Canazart
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


According to Jasper Griffin's seminal paper, the Homeric narrator may present a partial point of view when we consider his language. Starting from this approach and the application of narratology - specially the notions of narrator and focalizer - to Greek epic poetry, pioneered by Irene de Jong, this research proposes to discuss the evaluative comments made by the narrator, in particular, (1) how he shows himself to be a good connoisseur of the world of the gods while applying at the same time a human perspective to the narrative, and (2) how he leads the public to sympathize with certain characters and situations. This research will take in consideration how the characteristics of Homeric oral composition influence in the analysis of the narrator's voice. (AU)

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