Ben Radcliffe is a Lecturer at Loyola Marymount University.
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The Politics of Aesthetic Experience in Odysseus’ ApologoiAmerican Journal of Philology
In Books 9 and 10 of the Odyssey, Odysseus' companions promote the equal distribution of the spoils of their return voyage. This article argues that, as part of their commitment to social equality, the companions experiment with egalitarian modes of spectatorship and dining during the Aeolus and Lotus episodes. In these aesthetic encounters, the companions subvert Odysseus' position as the focus and focalizer of the narrative. The companions thus serve as an internal audience, figuring for the poem's external audiences an alternative form of narrative experience that resists the poem's centripetal orientation around the homecoming of a single, elite protagonist.
Becoming Domestic in Hesiod’s Works and DaysRamus
An article on Hesiod's Works and Days in the Ramus special issue, "Deterritorializing Classics: Deleuze, Guattari and Antiquity"
The Aesthetics of Equality in Early Greek PoetryUniversity of California - Los Angeles
2019 This dissertation asks how Homer, Hesiod, and Theognis envision egalitarian alternatives to the conditions of social stratification that prevail in the fictional worlds of early Greek poetry.