Literary Pragmatics and/of Homer’s Odyssey

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This paper is an essay in the full sense of the word: it is an attempt — and essay — to simultaneously work out two problems, one theoretical and one practical.  On the one hand it seeks to articulate a theory of texts in social contexts.  On the other it seeks to apply such a perspective to Homer’s Odyssey.  From the point of view of the first problem, then, the Odyssey is simply an example, an empirical means to a theoretical end.  From the point of view of the second problem, however, an understanding of the Odyssey is an end in itself.

FINISHED: 1993