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Homeric Effects in Vergil's Narrative$
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Alessandro Barchiesi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691161815

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691161815.001.0001

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The Arms in the Sky

The Arms in the Sky

Diffraction of a Narrative Theme

(p.53) Chapter 3 The Arms in the Sky
Homeric Effects in Vergil's Narrative

Alessandro Barchiesi

, Ilaria Marchesi, Matt Fox
Princeton University Press

This chapter considers some of the narrative strategies and their relative effects of sense in the Aeneid. What matters here is grasping the specific way the complexity of cultural presuppositions (and their interactions) acts in reading as a source of complex meanings—that is, tightening the link between the density of literary signification and the multitude of implied models. This chapter marks out the elusive pathway that unites two discursive manifestations in Vergil's epic poetry which are quite distinct from one another: an ideological contradiction and a narrative “polyphony.” It then concludes with the form and workmanship of a “pluri-isotopic” narrative text.

Keywords:   diffraction, narrative theme, ideological contradiction, narrative polyphony, pluri-isotopic narrative text, cultural discourse

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