Rediscovering E. R. Dodds
Scholarship, Education, Poetry, and the Paranormal
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University Teachers, or AUT (of which he became president), and brought an outsider's perspective to the comfortable and introspective world of Oxford. His famous book The Greeks and the Irrational (1951) remains one of the most distinguished and visionary works of scholarship of its time, though much less
well-known is his long and influential involvement with psychic research and his work for the reconstruction of German education after the Second World War. The contributions to this volume seek to shed light on these less explored areas of Dodds' life and his significance as perhaps the last classicist to play a significant role in British literary culture, as well as examining his work across different areas of scholarship, notably Greek tragedy. A group of memoirs - one by his pupil and
former literary executor, Donald Russell, and three by younger friends who knew, visited, and looked after Dodds in his last years - complement this portrait of the influential scholar and poet, offering a glimpse of the man behind the legacy.
Forlag: Oxford University Press
Format: 22 x 15 cm
«This collection of essays deserves plaudits for latitude befitting the catholicity of E.R. Dodd's concerns and achievements ... The essays in Rediscovering Dodds, exploring and celebrating his work, are a necessary reminder of this most multi-faceted of classicists.»
«The essays in Rediscovering Dodds, exploring and celebrating his work, are a necessary reminder of this most multi-faceted of classicists.»
«E. R. Dodds (1893-1979) is one of the most interesting and unusual figures of twentieth-century classical scholarship... As Stray and Pelling explain in the introduction, this volume aims both to revisit Dodds's scholarship and to show some of the ways in which the seemingly disparate, contradictory elements of his life come together into a more or less coherent unity... The volume succeeds admirably in fulfilling these two objectives.»
«This book should be on the shelf of everyone who is interested in the various facets of Dodds' career. His bibliography, stretching from 1916 unto 1977, shows him to have been a very concentrated and busy man. All his reviews were perceptive, despite their narrow foci. Humane scholar that he was, E.R. Dodds will be introduced to a new generation of specialist readers in these pages, and he is well worth remembering.»
«[The chapters] provide a wonderful contextualization, a primer for understanding Dodds, his lineage, context of his person, works and writings, and unexpected characteristics and expertise. Overarching takeaways from Dodds' work was to other timeframes, his contemporary world, our own world and his impact on psychology, anthropology, telepathy, tragedy, politics, the mystical and metaphysical. E.R. Dodds was a person of high-level complexities.»
«..a book which contains not a few chapters of compelling interest...A welcome feature is a complete bibliography of Dodd's writings. The book is produced to a high standard.»
List of Illustrations
List of Contributors
1: Christopher Stray and Christopher Pelling: Introduction: A Missing Person?
2: Christopher Stray: An Irishman Abroad
3: Renaud Gagné: The Battle for the Irrational: Greek Religion 1920 1950
4: N. J. Lowe: The Rational Irrationalist: Dodds and the Paranormal
5: Robert Parker: The Greeks and the Irrational
6: Scott Scullion: 'The road of excess': Dodds and Greek Tragedy
7: R. B. Rutherford: Dodds and Plato: The Gorgias Edition
8: Anne Sheppard: Dodds's Influence on Neoplatonic Studies
9: Teresa Morgan: Pagans and Christians: Fifty Years of Anxiety
10: John Dillon: Dodds, Plotinus, and Stephen MacKenna
11: Tom Walker: 'the lonely flight of Mind': W. B. Yeats, Louis MacNeice and the Metaphysical Poetry of Dodds's Scholarship
12: Peter McDonald: The Deaths of Tragedy: The Agamemnon of MacNeice, Dodds, and Yeats
13: David Phillips: Dodds and Educational Policy for a Defeated Germany
14: Ruth Padel, Helen Ganly, Oswyn Murray, and Donald Russell: Memories of E. R. Dodds
E. R. Dodds: A Bibliography of his Publications
and has also published on examinations, institutional slang, and textbooks. He contributed three chapters to The History of Oxford University Press (OUP, 2013), and is currently working on contributions to a forthcoming history of Trinity College, Cambridge.
Christopher Pelling is Emeritus Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Oxford. He occupied that chair from 2003 to 2015, and before that was McConnell Laing Fellow and Praelector in Classics at University College, Oxford, where he is now an Honorary Fellow. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, and also served as the President of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies from 2006 to 2008 and President of the International Plutarch
Society from 2008 to 2011. Among his books are Literary Texts and the Greek Historian (Routledge, 2000), Plutarch and History (The Classical Press of Wales, 2002), Twelve Voices from Greece and Rome: Ancient Ideas for Modern Times (with Maria Wyke; OUP, 2014), and Herodotus and the Question Why
(University of Texas Press, 2019).
Stephen Harrison is Professor of Latin Literature at the University of Oxford, Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and also visiting professor at the universities of Copenhagen and Trondheim. He has held other visiting appointments and fellowships at the universities of Bergen, Otago, Cape Town, Stanford, the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, and the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study. He has published extensively on Latin literature and its reception, including
the following volumes: Generic Enrichment in Vergil and Horace (OUP, 2007), Living Classics: Greece and Rome in Contemporary Poetry in English (edited volume; OUP, 2009), and Louis MacNeice: The Classical Radio Plays (co-edited with Amanda Wrigley; OUP, 2013).