Comp Lit 04.07.09 - Comparative Literature 04/07/09 1....

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Comparative Literature 04/07/09 1. Story-telling of the Iliad a. Names and concepts i. Menis (wrath and anger) ii. Time (status, honor, appointed lot iii. Kleos (fame, glory as constructed through medium of epic poem). iv. Narratology-branch of literature distinction between story and narrative v. Gerard Genette--the father of narratology. b. Narratology i. Relies on distinction between story and narrative ii. Story--abstract concept; sequence of events performed by characters in specific setting, iii. Narrative--any utterance that offers account of story. 1. Can play with time; chronology; 2. Variation of narratives among story. 3. Also, who will tell the story??? a. Who is it; how much info does the narrator know; how does narrator look at story (think of angle of camera in film) iv. Difference because only ONE story, but can be MANY narratives. v. Narrative of Ilion 1. Told in a specific way. 2. Clip of from film Troy 3. The Iliad starts in medias res--in the middle of things (the war. 4. The film--starts before to show cause of war. 5. The poem explores relationship between Agamemnon and Achilles (and his anger) 6. Even though we are not shown the beginning or ending of the war, it is incorporated symbolically and metaphorically--i.e. death of Hektor, a major
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