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By Ursula Dronke

This re-creation of mythological poems from the Poetic Edda takes the reader deep into the mind's eye of the Viking poets (c.1000 AD). atmosphere textual content and translation part through facet, Dronke presents complete introductions and commentaries for every of the poems.

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G. the sex of the narrator in Call. H. 5 and H. 6). Though Perses has been thought to be fictional (Bowie 1993: 23). See West 1978: 33–40 for a review of the evidence and earlier views. It is of course possible that ‘Hesiod’ was not the name of the historical author of the Theogony. Hunter 1999: 144, cf. Bowie 1985: 67. 32 The Narrator in Archaic Greek and Hellenistic Poetry or a name, as where the Theogony’s narrator is explicitly identified as Hesiod (/ Gri! odom jakg’ m e0 di! danam a0 oidg!

In terms of Genette’s ‘narrative levels’, I deal with narrators who are ‘extradiegetic’ narrators, but not (exclusively) ‘intradiegetic’ ones (Genette 1980: 228–31). In Genette’s terms the narrator of Archilochus’ Cologne Epode (fr. ) is ‘homodiegetic’, Homer ‘heterodiegetic’ (Genette 1980: 243–5, who picks out the Iliadic narrator as an example of the latter type). Note de Jong 2004a: 8 (followed by Harder 2004: 63, Hunter 2004: 83), who treats such narrators as effectively secondary narrators, regarding the primary narrator as being suppressed.

Chatman 1978: 28. Cf. Chatman 1978: 22–7. What is Tristram Shandy in The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy ‘communicating’ (not much of the life, at any rate)? Does a joke ‘communicate meaning’ between teller and hearer? Culler 1981: 172. Introduction 29 entire superstructure by recognising the validity of a distinction between the author of a work and its narrator, or that between the content of a narrative and the way it is expressed. g. the narrator of Archilochus fr. g. 180 All the narrators with whom I shall be dealing we find towards the overt end of the scale of ‘narrator-prominence’,181 where the narrator’s presence or mediating role between story and audience is marked to some degree.

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