Pope  the Odyssey and the Ontology of Language

Pope the Odyssey and the Ontology of Language

Written by: Nicholas Gayle

  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Publish Date: 2020-02-18
  • ISBN-10: 9781527547148
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This unique study examines the interface between contemporary philosophy and literature through Alexander Pope’s majestic translation of the Odyssey of Homer. Employing the lens supplied by the philosopher Graham Harman in his development of Object-Oriented Ontology, it explores the beautiful (and sometimes dazzling) figurative language of both Pope’s English and Homer’s Greek; in so doing, it uncovers something of the vast withdrawn and subterranean reality to which the poems can only allude, setting this against a contrasting sensual world—a world encrusted with shimmering images and objects that range from the quotidian to the metaphysically bizarre.

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