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Edmunds, Lowell

Works: 41 works in 220 publications in 3 languages and 10,261 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Folklore 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Performer
Classifications: GR75.O3, 398.22
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Most widely held works about Lowell Edmunds
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Most widely held works by Lowell Edmunds
Approaches to Greek myth by Lowell Edmunds( Book )

20 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and held by 1,186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the first edition of Approaches to Greek Myth as published in 1990, interest in Greek mythology has surged. There was no simple agreement on the subject of "myth" in classical antiquity, and there remains none today. Is myth a narrative or a performance? Can myth be separated from its context? What did myths mean to ancient Greeks and what do they mean today? Here, Lowell Edmunds brings together practitioners of eight of the most important contemporary approaches to the subject. Whether exploring myth from a historical, comparative, or theoretical perspective, each contributor lucidly describes a particular approach, applies it to one or more myths, and reflects on what the approach yields that others do not. Edmunds's new general and chapter-level introductions recontextualize these essays and also touch on recent developments in scholarship in the interpretation of Greek myth. -- from back cover
Oedipus : the ancient legend and its later analogues by Lowell Edmunds( Book )

25 editions published between 1968 and 1996 in English and held by 828 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The power of the Oedipus legend is apparent not only in its interpretations but even more so in its variations. As Edmunds writes, "Translations, adaptations, and performances still come forth in a never-ending stream. Again and again, playwrights have tried their hand at new shapings of the Sophoclean Oedipuses and often a country's Oedipus forms a whole chapter in the history of its literature." Drawing on more than seventy works that dispersed the Oedipus legend from Greece to Asia, Africa, and the Americas, Edmunds provides a foundation for discussion of the lasting appeal of this legend, for claims of its universality, and for its uses as a vehicle for personal and cultural expression. -- Publisher Description
Chance and intelligence in Thucydides by Lowell Edmunds( Book )

14 editions published between 1970 and 1975 in English and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oedipus, a folklore casebook by Lowell Edmunds( Book )

22 editions published between 1983 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 619 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poet, public, and performance in Ancient Greece( Book )

12 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poetry in archaic and classical Greece was a practical art that arose from specific social or political circumstances. The interpretation of a poem or dramatic work must therefore be viewed in the context of its performance. In Poetry, Public, and Performance in Ancient Greece, Lowell Edmunds and Robert W. Wallace bring together a distinguished group of contributors to reconstruct the performance context of a wide array of works, including epic, tragedy, lyric, elegy, and proverb. Analyzing the passage in the Odyssey in which a collective delirium comes over the suitors, Giulio Guidorizzi reveals how the poet describes a scene that lies outside the narrative themes and diction of epic. Antonio Aloni offers a reading of Simonides' elegy for the Greeks who fell at Plataea. Lowell Edmunds interprets the so-called seal of Theognis as lying on a borderline between the performed and the textual. Taking up proverbs, maxims, and apothegms, Joseph Russo examines "the performance of wisdom." Charles Segal focuses on the unusual role played by the chorus in Euripides' Bacchae . Reading the plot of Euripides' Ion, Thomas Cole concludes that the task of constructing the meaning of the play is to some extent delegated to the public. Robert Wallace describes the "performance" of the Athenian audience and provides a catalog of good and bad behavior: whistling, shouting, and throwing objects of every kind. Finally, Maria Grazia Bonanno stresses the importance of performance in lyric poetry
Intertextuality and the reading of Roman poetry by Lowell Edmunds( Book )

20 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How can we explain the process by which a literary text refers to another text? For the past decade and a half, intertextuality has been a central concern of scholars and readers of Roman poetry. In Intertextuality and the Reading of Roman Poetry, Lowell Edmunds proceeds from such fundamental concepts as "author," "text," and "reader," which he then applies to passages from Vergil, Horace, Ovid, and Catullus. Edmunds combines close readings of poems with analysis of recent theoretical models to argue that allusion has no linguistic or semiotic basis: there is nothing in addition to the alluding words that causes the allusion or the reference to be made. Intertextuality is a matter of reading." "With separate chapters on author, persona, text, reader, addressee, and the ancient Roman reader, and with discussion of the terminology as well as the theory of intertextuality, Edmunds offers a critical, exhaustive, and systematic review of current debates in the study of Roman poetry."--Jacket
Cleon, Knights, and Aristophanes' politics by Lowell Edmunds( Book )

10 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From a Sabine jar : reading Horace, Odes 1.9 by Lowell Edmunds( Book )

9 editions published in 1992 in English and Italian and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oedipus by Lowell Edmunds( Book )

12 editions published between 1983 and 2006 in English and held by 345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part of the 'Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World' series, this book explores Oedipus, a key figure in ancient myth. It is useful as an 'all-you-need-to-know' for lower-level courses, a platform for further study at a more advanced level, or a reference book of key information for researcher and academics
The silver bullet : the martini in American civilization by Lowell Edmunds( Book )

10 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theatrical space and historical place in Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus by Lowell Edmunds( Book )

8 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While Greek tragedies are often studied as works of literature, they are less frequently examined as products of the social and political environment in which they were created. Rarely, too, are the visual and spatial aspects of these plays given careful consideration. In this detailed and innovative book, Lowell Edmunds combines two readings of Oedipus at Colonus to arrive at a new way of looking at Greek tragedy. Edmunds sets forth a semiotic theory of theatrical space, and then applies this theory to the visual and spatial dimensions of Oedipus at Colonus. The book includes an Appendix on the life of Sophocles and the reception of Oedipus at Colonus. Edmunds's unique approach to Oedipus at Colonus makes this an important book for students and scholars of semiotics, Greek tragedy, and theatrical performance
Classics : a discipline and profession in crisis?( Book )

8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Martini, straight up : the classic American cocktail by Lowell Edmunds( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this engaging look at the classic cocktail, Lowell Edmunds traces the history of the Martini back to its American origins in the nineteenth century. Exploring literary and dramatic works as well as newspapers, magazines, cartoons, bartenders' manuals, distillery brochures, and other documents of popular culture, Edmunds finds in the Martini's image the same ambiguities that characterize American life."--Jacket
Stealing Helen : the myth of the abducted wife in comparative perspective by Lowell Edmunds( Book )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's a familiar story: a beautiful woman is abducted and her husband journeys to recover her. This story's best-known incarnation is also a central Greek myth--the abduction of Helen that led to the Trojan War. Stealing Helen surveys a vast range of folktales and texts exhibiting the story pattern of the abducted beautiful wife and makes a detailed comparison with the Helen of Troy myth. Lowell Edmunds shows that certain Sanskrit, Welsh, and Old Irish texts suggest there was an Indo-European story of the abducted wife before the Helen myth of the Iliad became known. Investigating Helen's status in ancient Greek sources, Edmunds argues that if Helen was just one trope of the abducted wife, the quest for Helen's origin in Spartan cult can be abandoned, as can the quest for an Indo-European goddess who grew into the Helen myth. He explains that Helen was not a divine essence but a narrative figure that could replicate itself as needed, at various times or places in ancient Greece. Edmunds recovers some of these narrative Helens, such as those of the Pythagoreans and of Simon Magus, which then inspired the Helens of the Faust legend and Goethe.0'Stealing Helen' offers a detailed critique of prevailing views behind the "real" Helen and presents an eye-opening exploration of the many sources for this international mythical and literary icon
The sphinx in the Oedipus legend by Lowell Edmunds( Book )

11 editions published in 1981 in English and German and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La retorica della misoginia : la satira sesta di Giovenale by Daniela Grazia Battisti( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in Italian and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Myth in Homer : a handbook by Lowell Edmunds( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristophanes : essays in interpretation by Jeffrey Henderson( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristophanes, one of the greatest and most important poets of the golden age of classical Greek literature, has remained, in the English-speaking world at least, one of the most forbidding, because least well understood. This is a collection of critical and interpretative essays in English devoted entirely to this poet. Addressed to specialists and non-specialists alike, its purpose is to bring modern literary and philological methods to bear on some aspects of Aristophanic poetry most crucial for our understanding not only of Greek literature but of Greek history and culture as well. The essays provide fresh insights into three of Aristophanes' richest and most challenging plays (Acharnians, Clouds and Lysistrate), a re-evaluation of the poet's fame as a lyricist, and a consideration of his notoriety as an opponent of the great war with Sparta. It is hoped that these essays will stimulate in all students of classical antiquity renewed interest in this brilliant and provocative poet
Isocrates' "Encomium of Helen" and the cult of Helen and Menelaus at Therapnē by Lowell Edmunds( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ed è subito Martini by Lowell Edmunds( Book )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in Italian and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Approaches to Greek myth
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Edmunds, Arthur Lowell

Edmunds Arthur Lowell 1938-....

English (191)

Italian (5)

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Oedipus : the ancient legend and its later analoguesOedipus, a folklore casebookPoet, public, and performance in Ancient GreeceIntertextuality and the reading of Roman poetryOedipusTheatrical space and historical place in Sophocles' Oedipus at ColonusClassics : a discipline and profession in crisis?Martini, straight up : the classic American cocktailLa retorica della misoginia : la satira sesta di Giovenale