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A Dialogic Soliloquy? On Polyxena’s Conversational Behaviour in E. Hec. 415-422


Martin, Gunther (2019). A Dialogic Soliloquy? On Polyxena’s Conversational Behaviour in E. Hec. 415-422. Mnemosyne, 72(1):12-23.

Abstract

In Euripides’ Hecuba, both the scholia and modern interpreters detect a failure of communication in the farewell scene between the protagonist and Polyxena—though the scholiast names Polyxena as the source of the non-dialogue, whereas the modern commentators claim that neither character is engaging. This paper aims, firstly, by a slight redistribution of lines, to restore coherence to the dialogue. Secondly, it argues that it is Hecuba’s rather than Polyxena’s conversational behaviour that impedes the smooth progress of the dialogue. Polyxena is even the one trying to reintegrate her mother into the dialogue. Her linguistic behaviour thus matches her composed and ‘heroic’ overall conduct.

Abstract

In Euripides’ Hecuba, both the scholia and modern interpreters detect a failure of communication in the farewell scene between the protagonist and Polyxena—though the scholiast names Polyxena as the source of the non-dialogue, whereas the modern commentators claim that neither character is engaging. This paper aims, firstly, by a slight redistribution of lines, to restore coherence to the dialogue. Secondly, it argues that it is Hecuba’s rather than Polyxena’s conversational behaviour that impedes the smooth progress of the dialogue. Polyxena is even the one trying to reintegrate her mother into the dialogue. Her linguistic behaviour thus matches her composed and ‘heroic’ overall conduct.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Greek and Latin Philology
Dewey Decimal Classification:470 Latin & Italic languages
480 Classical & modern Greek languages
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Classics
Social Sciences & Humanities > Archeology (arts and humanities)
Social Sciences & Humanities > Language and Linguistics
Social Sciences & Humanities > History
Social Sciences & Humanities > Linguistics and Language
Social Sciences & Humanities > Literature and Literary Theory
Language:English
Date:2019
Deposited On:04 Jan 2019 13:24
Last Modified:15 Apr 2020 22:06
Publisher:Brill
ISSN:0026-7074
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1163/1568525X-12342510
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant IDPP00P1_157444
  • : Project TitleDie Pragmatik des Dialogs in der antiken Tragödie

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