Untimely Epic - 
      Tom Phillips

Untimely Epic

Apollonius Rhodius' Argonautica

Apollonius Rhodius' Argonautica is a voyage across time as well as space. The Argonauts encounter monsters, nymphs, shepherds, and kings who represent earlier stages of the cosmos or human society; they are given glimpses into the future, and themselves effect changes in the world through which they travel. Les mer
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Apollonius Rhodius' Argonautica is a voyage across time as well as space. The Argonauts encounter monsters, nymphs, shepherds, and kings who represent earlier stages of the cosmos or human society; they are given glimpses into the future, and themselves effect changes in the world through which they travel. Readers undergo a still more complex form of temporal transport, enabled not just to imagine themselves into the deep past, but to examine the layers of
poetic and intellectual history from which Apollonius crafts his poem.

Taking its lead from ancient critical preoccupations with poetry's ethical significance, this volume argues that the Argonautica produces an understanding of time and temporal experience which ramifies variously in readers' lives. When describing the people and creatures who occupied the past, Apollonius extends readers' capacity for empathetic response to the worlds inhabited by others. In the ecphrasis of Jason's cloak and the account of Jason's conversations with Medea, readers are
invited to scrutinize the relationship between exempla and temporal change, while episodes such as the taking of the Golden Fleece explore links between perceptions and their temporal situation. Running through the poem, and through the readings that comprise this book, is an attention to the intellectual
potential of the 'untimely' - objects, experience, and language which do not belong straightforwardly to a particular time. Treatment of such phenomena is crucial to the poem's aspiration to inform and expand readers' understanding of themselves as subjects in and of history.
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Språk: Engelsk
ISBN: 9780198848561
Format: 25 x 17 cm
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Introduction
I. Vocabularies
II. Textual Performances
III. Form and Fashioning
IV. The Cosmic and the Momentary
1: Affecting Time
I. The Text in Time
I.1. New Beginnings
I.2. Homer's Pasts
I.3. Heracles and the Multitemporal
II. Intertexts, Intentions, and Acknowledgement
II.1. Metapoetics, Affect, Speculation
II.2. Poetry and Philology
II.3. Pensiveness
II.4. The Life of the Author
II.5. Exultation
III. Conclusions
2: Untimely Performances
I. Thynias: Epiphany, Song, Ritual
I.1. Genre and Context
I.2. Thematics and Exemplarity
I.3. The Poetics of Presence
II. The Heliades: Primordial Lament
II.1. Primordial Sound
II.2. Presence, Empathy, Finitude
II.3. Multitemporality
III. The Sirens Unheard: Time, Expressivity, Voicing
III.1. Situating the Sirens
III.2. Allusivity
III.3. Soundscape, Meaning, Voice
III.4. Voicing Untimeliness
III.5. An Ethics of Absorption
IV. Conclusions
3: Past Encounters
I. A Gathering of Wisdom
II. Dipsacus
III. Archaeologies of Perception
IV. Circe's Beasts, Orpheus' Cosmogony
V. Between the Windows of the Sea
V.1. Luminously Peopled
V.2. The Facts Were Known
VI. Reading Rituals
VI.1. Dindymum
VI.2. Idmon's Tomb
VI.3. The Black Rock
VI.4. Anaphe
VII. The Hesperides
VIII. Conclusions
4: Exemplarity, Ethics, Narrative
I. Jason's Cloak
I.1. Exemplifying Exemplarity
I.2. Ecphrasis and the Universal
I.3. Picturing Time
II. Jason, Medea, and Ariadne
II.1. Time Out of Joint
II.2. The Colour of Stars
II.3. Desire and Reflection
II.4. Gesture
II.5. Heavy Misfortunes
III. Conclusions
5: Imagined Worlds
I. Worlds Imagined
II. Aeetes
III. The Bulls
IV. The Earthborn
V. The Golden Fleece
V.1. A Special Way of Being Afraid
V.2. Answerable Style
VI. Conclusions
6: Conclusion
Following graduate work at the University of Oxford, Tom Phillips was a Junior Research Fellow and then a Supernumerary Fellow at Merton College. He moved to the University of Manchester in September 2018 where he is currently Lecturer in Classical Literature. His research focuses on archaic and classical lyric, Hellenistic poetry, and ancient scholarly culture.