Publications

2022
Elmer DF. Textual Jealousies in Chariton's Callirhoe. Classical Antiquity. 2022;41 (1) :180-220. Publisher's Version
2020
Elmer DF. The Odyssey and the Desires of Traditional Narrative. In: Sorić D, Mijić L, Bartulović A Zbornik radova međunarodnog znanstvenog skupa "Natales grate numeras?". Zadar: Sveučilište u Zadru ; 2020. pp. 3-22.Abstract
Taking its inspiration from Peter Brooks’ discussion of the “narrative desire” that structures novels, this paper seeks to articulate a specific form of narrative desire that would be applicable to traditional oral narratives, the plots of which are generally known in advance by audience members. Thematic and structural features of the Odyssey are discussed as evidence for the dynamics of such a “traditional narrative desire.”
elmer_odyssey_and_desires_of_traditional_narrative.pdf
Elmer DF. Review of Rainer Friedrich, Postoral Homer: Orality and Literacy in the Homeric Epic (Stuttgart, 2019). Sehepunkte. 2020;20 (2). Publisher's Version
2019
Elmer DF. Review of Jonas Grethlein, Die Odyssee: Homer und die Kunst des Erzählens. Gnomon. 2019;91 (4) :289-93.
Lord AB. The Singer of Tales. 3rd ed. (Elmer DF). Washington, D. C. Center for Hellenic Studies; 2019.
2017
Elmer DF. Review of Mary R. Bachvarova, From Hittite to Homer: The Anatolian Background of Ancient Greek Epic (Cambridge, 2016). Classical World. 2017;110 (4) :590-92.
Elmer DF. Review of B. K. M. Brown, The Mirror of Epic: The Iliad and History (Berrima, 2016). Bryn Mawr Classical Review. 2017;2017.07.39. Publisher's Version
Elmer DF. Aeschylus' Tragic Projections. In: Coleman KM Albert's Anthology. Cambridge, MA: Department of the Classics, Harvard University ; 2017. pp. 57-59.
2015
Elmer DF. The 'Narrow Road' and the Ethics of Language Use in the Iliad and the Odyssey. Ramus. 2015;44 (1-2) :155-183.
Elmer DF. The Epic Cycle and the Ancient Novel. In: Fantuzzi M, Tsagalis C The Greek Epic Cycle and its Ancient Reception: A Companion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press ; 2015. pp. 596-603.
2014
Elmer DF. "Homer," "Iliad," "Odyssey". In: Thomas R, Ziolkowski J The Virgil Encyclopedia. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell ; 2014.
2013
Elmer DF. In Memoriam John Miles Foley (1947-2012). Folklore. 2013;124 (1) :104-106.
Elmer DF. The Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature. Oral Tradition. 2013;28 (2) :341-354. Publisher's Version
Elmer DF. Poetry's Politics in Archaic Greek Epic and Lyric. Oral Tradition . 2013;28 (1) :143-166. Full textAbstract
This essay builds on work in The Poetics of Consent (2013), which argues that the Iliad’s representation of politics reflects the workings of the oral tradition underlying the poem as we have it, a tradition that developed in the context of Panhellenic festivals. Applying a similar perspective to poetry belonging to the very different performative context of the symposium, this essay draws evidence from Theognis and Alcaeus suggesting that the social dynamics of sympotic performance could be expressed in terms of political fragmentation and alienation. In the Odyssey, the contrast between the epic singers Phemios and Demodokos reflects an awareness of the difference between these performative contexts.
The Poetics of Consent: Collective Decision Making and the Iliad
Elmer DF. The Poetics of Consent: Collective Decision Making and the Iliad. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2013.
2012
Elmer DF, Bonifazi A. The Meaning of Melody: Remarks on the Performance-Based Analysis of Bosniac Epic Song. In: Harris J, Hillers B Child's Children: Ballad Study and Its Legacies. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier ; 2012. pp. 233-247.
Elmer DF. Orestes in Skopje: The Macedonian "Oresteia" of Milcho Manchevski. Donum natalicium digitaliter confectum Gregorio Nagy septuagenario a discipulis collegis familiaribus oblatum. 2012. Website
Elmer DF. Building Community Across the Battle-Lines: The Truce in Iliad 3 and 4. In: Wilker J Maintaining Peace and Interstate Stability in Archaic and Classical Greece. Berlin: Verlag Antike ; 2012. pp. 25-48.
2011
Bonifazi A, Elmer DF. Composing Lines, Performing Acts: Clauses, Discourse Acts, and Melodic Units in a South Slavic Epic Song. In: Minchin E Orality, Literacy and Performance in the Ancient World. Leiden: Brill ; 2011. pp. 89-109.
Elmer DF. Oral-Formulaic Theory. In: Finkelberg M The Homer Encyclopedia. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell ; 2011. pp. 604-607.

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