Description : Homer's Odyssey has captivated readers and influenced writers and artists for more than 2,000 years. Reading the poem in its original language provides an experience as challenging as it is rewarding. Most students encountering Homeric Greek for the first time need considerable help, especially with vocabulary and constructions that differ from the more familiar Attic forms. For anyone who has completed studies in elementary Greek, this edition provides the assistance necessary to read, understand, and appreciate the first book of the Odyssey in its original language.
Description : Students respond to The Odyssey through writing. Various writing prompts, which require students to make connections, are provided. Narrative, argument, and informative/explanatory prompts are included.
Description : Joseph Conrad and the Reader is the first book fully devoted to Conrad's relation to the reader, visual theory and authorship. This challenging study proposes new approaches to modern literary criticism and deftly examines the limits of deconstructionist theories, introducing groundbreaking new theoretical concepts of reading and reception.
Description : These post-reading activities for The Odyssey allow students to share their understanding of characters, plot, and settings of the novel. They have opportunities to write, draw, and perform based on what they've learned.
Description : Written by influential scholar-critic and award-winning Daniel R.Schwarz, In Defense of Reading: Teaching Literature in theTwenty-First Century is a passionate and joyful defense of thepleasures of reading. This stimulating book provides valuableinsights for teachers and students on why we read and how we readwhen we embark on "the odyssey of reading." Provides valuable insights into why and how we read Addresses issues and problems in the contemporary universityand offers insights into the future Explores the life of the mind, the rewards and joys ofcommitted teaching, and the relationship between teaching andscholarship in the contemporary university Draws on the author's forty years of teaching experience Following his long term commitment to close reading andhistoricism, Schwarz shows how the best literary criticism mustboth respect text and context Contains insightful and important readings of a broad range oftexts, including those by Joyce, Woolf, Conrad, Forster, Gordimer,and Spiegelman's Maus
Description : This wide-ranging collection makes available to specialists and nonspecialists alike important critical work on the Odyssey produced during the last half century. The ten essays address five major concerns: the poem's programmatic representation of social and religious institutions and values; its transformation of folktales and traditional stories into epic adventures; its representation of gender roles and, in particular, of Penelope; its narrative strategies and form; and its relation to the Iliad, especially to that epic's distinctive conception of heroism. In the introduction, Seth L. Schein describes the poetic background to the work and suggests a variety of interpretive approaches, some of which are developed in the essays that follow. These essays include previously published work by Jean-Pierre Vernant, Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Pietro Pucci, and Charles P. Segal. There also are a new essay by Laura M. Slatkin, two revised and expanded ones by Nancy Felson-Rubin and Michael N. Nagler, and three appearing in English for the first time by Uvo Hlscher, Karl Reinhardt, and Vernant. The result is a collection that juxtaposes older, often hard-to-find articles with significant newer pieces in a way that allows for a fruitful dialogue among them.
Description : Most famous for his classic work The Boys of Summer, Roger Kahn is widely regarded as one of the greatest sportswriters of our time. The Roger Kahn Reader is a rich collection of his stories and articles that originally appeared in publications such as Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, Esquire, and the Nation. Kahn’s pieces, published between 1952 and today, present a vivid, turbulent, and intimate picture of more than half a century in American sport. His standout writings bring us close to entrepreneurs and hustlers (Walter O'Malley and Don King), athletes of Olympian gifts (Ted Williams, Stan Musial, “Le Demon Blond” Guy Lefleur), and sundry compelling issues of money, muscle, and myth. We witness Roger Maris’s ordeal by fame; Bob Gibson’s blazing competitive fire; and Red Smith, now white-haired and renowned, contemplating his beginnings and his future. Also included is a new and original chapter, “Clem,” about the author’s compelling lifelong friendship with former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Clem Labine. Written across six decades, this volume shows Kahn’s ability to describe the athletes he profiled as they truly were in a manner neither compromised nor cruel but always authentic and up close.
Description : Reading Homer's Odyssey is a book by book commentary on the epic's major themes. Each of the epic's 24 books are divided into sections to stress the length and the importance placed on specific topics and episodes. Footnotes are provided throughout to clarify and complete myths that Homer leaves unfinished, to explain certain terms and phrases, and to provide background information whenever necessary. Additionally, there is a bibliography on the Odyssey, as well as bibliographies that accompany each book's commentary.