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Deborah Beck
Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA 19081-1390)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$24,000 (approved)
$24,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2004 – 12/31/2004

Speech Representation in the Homeric Epics

The proposed study looks at the full range of speech representational strategies in the Homeric epics and how these strategies relate to their contexts. Overall, my objectives are to 1) illustrate the particular properties of each technique, 2) show how each of the different modes of speech representation that appear in the Homeric epics has its own unique role to play in telling the story, and 3) relate these different modes of representation to one another so as to arrive at a cohesive, connected system of techniques for representing speech. My study will show that if we look at "speech" in Homeric epic as a range of phenomena, and not as "direct speech" vs. "everything else", we will gain a fuller and more accurate understanding of the narrative strategies that are used in the Homeric epics and so of the epics themselves.