The Resource The blind bookkeeper or why Homer must be blind, Alberto Manguel, (electronic resource)

The blind bookkeeper or why Homer must be blind, Alberto Manguel, (electronic resource)

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The blind bookkeeper or why Homer must be blind
Title
The blind bookkeeper or why Homer must be blind
Statement of responsibility
Alberto Manguel
Title variation
Comptable aveugle
Title variation remainder
l'incontournable cécité d'Homère
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fre
Summary
Rich with literary awards and honours, Alberto Manguel extends his literary genius to address and complete a thoughtfully crafted extrapolation on a paper left unfinished by Northrop Frye in 1943. The result is a succinct yet densely multilayered examination of how various readings of Homer throughout the annals of history cast light upon the human tendency towards war rather than peace and asks what roles writing and reading play to bring the world into better equilibrium. Central to this lecture is the concept of re-binding, a word drawn from the Latin roots for the word religion, which Manguel posits is the essential definition of poetry. Homer's writings, the point of origin of all written verse, are also the first written instance of the binding of imagined, written, and read realities. The semantics of Homer's name and the literal and figurative ramifications of his blindness are investigated as Manguel builds the scaffold for unveiling our own blindness through our desire to read Homer in our own image - much as humans have created gods in their own likenesses. We are left to examine our own assumptions and to ask whether we have the courage to challenge ourselves with alternative interpretations of constructed realities, in other languages, that may threaten our own comfortable construct of rightness and reality in order to explore and recognize the world in a more balanced way. Comblé de prix littéraires et d'honneurs, Alberto Manguel prête son génie littéraire à l'étude et au parachèvement d'une extrapolation songée que Northrop Frye avait laissée en plan en 1943. Il en résulte une analyse succincte mais en replis serrés des multiples lectures d'Homère léguées par les siècles, qui révèle comment ces interprétations éclairent la propension humaine à la guerre plutôt qu'à la paix, ce qui le mène à s'interroger sur le rôle que jouent l'écriture et la lecture quand il s'agit de créer un monde plus équilibré. La notion de re-lier, un mot dont les racines latines sont les mêmes que le mot religion, est au coeur de cette conférence, et Manguel en fait la définition essentielle de la poésie. Les écrits d'Homère, point d'origine de toute la poésie écrite, fournissent aussi la première occurrence d'un lien entre les réalités imaginées, écrites et lues. La valeur sémantique du nom d'Homère et les répercussions concrètes et figurées de sa cécité font partie des éléments que Manguel scrute pour fonder son évocation de notre aveuglement à nous quand nous insistons pour lire Homère à notre propre image, comme le fait le genre humain pour les dieux et déesses qu'il crée. Nous n'avons plus qu'à remettre nos hypothèses en cause et à nous demander si nous avons le courage d'accepter le défi que posent des interprétations autres, dans d'autres langues, de la réalité construite, des interprétations qui pourraient ébranler nos conceptions « confortables » du bien et de la réalité, afin de pouvoir explorer et reconnaître le monde de manière plus équilibrée
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Midwest
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Manguel, Alberto
Dewey number
883/.01
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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hoopla digital
Series statement
The Antonine Maillet-Northrop Frye lecture
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  • Homer
  • Authors and readers
  • Vision in literature
  • Literature and history
  • Electronic books
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adult
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The blind bookkeeper or why Homer must be blind, Alberto Manguel, (electronic resource)
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multicolored
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
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Digital content provided by hoopla
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9780864925916
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia
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12371621
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MWT12371621
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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The blind bookkeeper or why Homer must be blind, Alberto Manguel, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Distribution
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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unknown
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1 online resource
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  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780864925916
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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12371621
Publisher number
MWT12371621
Specific material designation
remote
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Mode of access: World Wide Web

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