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This essay confronts the problem of Homer's traditional language and diction, which seems to precludes the possibility of expressing dissenting voices. Using the political philosophy of Jacques Ranciere on the one hand, and linguistic/methodological principles drawn from cognitive functional linguistics and complexity theory, the essay argues for flexibility and nuance and for intherent 'exceptionality' and hence the expressive potential of political dissent in epic.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Politics of Literary Form
EditorsPhiroze Vasunia
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019


  • Homer, politics, diction, linguistics, complexity

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