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Buchan, Mark 1966-

Works: 6 works in 29 publications in 1 language and 1,699 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PA4167, 883.01
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Most widely held works by Mark Buchan
Perfidy and passion : reintroducing the Iliad by Mark Buchan( )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 1,370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Homers Iliad is often considered a poem of blunt truthfulness, his characters motivation pleasingly simple. A closer look, however, reveals a complex interplay of characters who engage in an awful lot of lies. Beginning with Achilles, who hatches a secret plot to destroy his own people, Mark Buchan traces motifs of deception and betrayal throughout the poem. Homers heroes offer bluster, their passion linked to and explained by their lack of authenticity. Buchan reads Homers characters between the lies, showing how the plot is structured individual denial and what cannot be said
The limits of heroism : Homer and the ethics of reading by Mark Buchan( Book )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 316 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Limits of Heroism: Homer and the Ethics of Reading examines the difficulty and danger of human desire in both the Iliad and the Odyssey, as it explores the uncertainty of decision making and the relationship of desire to heroic ideology." "The Limits of Heroism applies current theoretical work on desire and ideology-critique as it investigates well-known scholarly problems: the problem of the self and human identity, the cohesiveness of heroic ideology, and the possibility of an internal critique of ideology. Scholars and readers of Homer, as well as those interested in the problem of desire, will find The Limits of Heroism an illuminating study of the Iliad and the Odyssey, two vital texts in classical studies."--Jacket
Before subjectivity? : Lacan and the classics( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Self as cipher : language and identity in Homer by Mark Buchan( )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide


1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Abstract : There are dangers and pleasures in reducing stories to universal themes. The Odyssey seems all too aware of this. Part of its appeal comes from whether this tale of a single man returning home can stand for far greater questions of what it means to be human. Our pleasure as we recognize these familiar stories mirrors the delight of the poem's characters as they recognize Odysseus. We want such events to be universal, because the pleasure of the familiar helps us on our own journey through the dangers and uncertainties of life. But, as an increasingly vast scholarly bibliography reminds us, recognition in this poem is far from simple. The poem's delight in riddles and trickery means that the joy of any delight in recognition conflicts with its rhetoric of suspicion and the almost paranoid need of its hero for self-preservation. This to and fro is also part of the poem's wider economy of thrift, as if we must pay for any pleasure we gain in recognition with the pain of belated reflection
Perfidy and Passion: Reintroducing the Iliad (Wisconsin Studies in Classics) by Mark Buchan( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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The limits of heroism : Homer and the ethics of reading
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