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A consideration of Telemachus's role in the Odyssey can start with a modern poem: Linda Pastan's "The Son," first published in 1988 as part of a seven-poem sequence entitled "Re-Reading the Odyssey in Middle Age." Because Pastan's poem presents itself as a response to reading the Odyssey, the possible affinities between what a modern poet does in retelling a story found in an ancient text and what a modern critic does in interpreting or "reading" an ancient text are particularly close to the surface here. Pastan's record of her experience as a reader is also a telling account of the interpretive challenges posed by Homer's presentation of Telemachus.
Copyright © 2002 Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in Arethusa 35:1 (2002), 133-153. Reprinted with permission by Johns Hopkins University Press.
Murnaghan, S. (2002). The Trials of Telemachus: Who Was the Odyssey Meant For?. Arethusa, 35 (1), 133-153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/are.2002.0011
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