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Persistent FormsExplorations in Historical Poetics$
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Ilya Kliger and Boris Maslov

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264858

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264858.001.0001

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Historicist Hermeneutics and Contestatory Ritual Poetics

Historicist Hermeneutics and Contestatory Ritual Poetics

An Encounter Between Pindaric Epinikion and Attic Tragedy

(p.90) Chapter 3 Historicist Hermeneutics and Contestatory Ritual Poetics
Persistent Forms

Leslie Kurke

Fordham University Press

This chapter insists on the need to extend the (neo-)positivist hermeneutic paradigm in a way that would fruitfully combine the insights of New Historicism and Historical Poetics. Focusing on a specific philological problem (a possible intertextual link between Pindar’s Pythian 11 and Aeschylus’s Oresteia), Kurke reveals deep-seated divergences between the poetics of choral poetry (Pindar’s victory odes) and Attic tragedy. To achieve this major objective of a historical conceptualization of genre, she distinguishes between three kinds of historicist hermeneutics: one pertaining to the level of political histoire événementielle, another (following Veselovsky and Jameson) considering genres as socio-symbolic forms, and the third (following Tynianov) considering these genres’ different “orientations” with respect to a proximate cultural system, that of religion.

Keywords:   Aeschylus, Pindar, New Historicism, The Oresteia, tragedy

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