The Odyssey and the Desires of Traditional Narrative


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.


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.”


Proceedings of a conference held at the University of Zadar in 2017.