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The riddle of Psalm 111

Marc Zvi Brettler

in Scriptural Exegesis: The Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination: Essays in Honour of Michael Fishbane

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199206575
eISBN:
9780191709678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

This chapter pays tribute to Fishbane's extraordinary philological and literary skills. Arguing on the basis of careful textual analysis as well as inner-biblical interpretation, it urges ... More


Μάγειρος ποιητής: Language and Character in Antiphanes

Gregory W. Dobrov

in The Language of Greek Comedy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199245475
eISBN:
9780191714993
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245475.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the riddling and dithyrambic language of the cook in Middle Comedy. It shows that Aristophanic paratragedy is not simply turned into paradithyramb. As a genre, dithyramb has no ... More


Cosmos and Canon

M. L. West

in Indo-European Poetry and Myth

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199280759
eISBN:
9780191712913
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280759.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses so-called ‘Indo-European perceptions of the world, and their codification’. The first part deals with cosmology and cosmogony. The second part deals with the forms of ... More


Induction

Alvin Plantinga

in Warrant and Proper Function

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195078640
eISBN:
9780199872213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195078640.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Broadly taken, the term “induction” denotes our whole nondeductive procedure of acquiring, maintaining, and discarding beliefs about what is so far unobserved or undetected or unknown. In this ... More


Innuendo and the Audience

Michael Fontaine

in Funny Words in Plautine Comedy

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195341447
eISBN:
9780199866915
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195341447.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter continues the investigation of Plautus’ use of irony and innuendo. Jokes and riddles in Poenulus, Rudens, Amphitryo, and Stichus suggest that characters’ onstage actions occasionally ... More


Dismembering the Ducat in The Merchant of Venice

David Landreth

in The Face of Mammon: The Matter of Money in English Renaissance Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199773299
eISBN:
9780199932665
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773299.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Everyone knows that The Merchant of Venice is all about money, but if the characters of the play know it too, they do their best to avoid saying so. This chapter examines the variety of ways in which ... More


The Inescapable Queen

Inna Naroditskaya

in Bewitching Russian Opera: The Tsarina from State to Stage

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780195340587
eISBN:
9780199918218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340587.003.0120
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The first scene of the opera Queen of Spades introduces major leitmotifs associated with double passions—love and gambling—which, though contrasting, share an identical melody. Unexpected, surprising ... More


Narrative Techniques in Irish and Welsh, II: The Riddling ‘Watchman Device’

Patrick Sims‐Williams

in Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199588657
eISBN:
9780191595431
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588657.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

With particular reference to Togail Bruidne Da Derga and Branwen this chapter discusses the narrative technique called the ‘Watchman Device’. It is illustrated from Homer, Statius, Valerius Flaccus, ... More


Framed

Christi A. Merrill

in Riddles of Belonging: India in Translation and Other Tales of Possession

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823229550
eISBN:
9780823241064
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823229550.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Here the paradoxical temporalities of Narayana Rao's riddling community referred to in the opening chapter assume a metaphorical locatedness in riddling framed narratives that Eagleton describes as a ... More


Conclusion

Isabelle Torrance

in Metapoetry in Euripides

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199657834
eISBN:
9780191745393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657834.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The Conclusion draws together the main arguments of the book through reference to an Aristophanic joke about Euripidean tone. The suggestion that Euripides implicitly invites the audience to ... More


Simplicity as a Pragmatic Criterion for Deciding What Hypotheses to Take Seriously

Gilbert Harman

in Reasoning, Meaning, and Mind

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198238027
eISBN:
9780191597633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198238029.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Simplicity is used in curve‐fitting and can be illustrated by Goodman's ‘new riddle of induction.’ Taking the simplicity of a hypothesis to depend entirely on the simplicity of the way it is ... More


Cilician Riddles

Michael Pifer

in Kindred Voices: A Literary History of Medieval Anatolia

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9780300250398
eISBN:
9780300258653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300250398.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Although Muslim poets accommodated linguistic and cultural heterogeneity in their compositions, they were not alone in this practice. Chapter 6 examines how Armenian poets adapted vocabulary, genres, ... More


The ‘dark Welsh’ as slaves and slave raiders in Exeter Book riddles 52 and 721

Lindy Brady

in Writing the Welsh Borderlands in Anglo-Saxon England

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781784994198
eISBN:
9781526128386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784994198.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

Chapter three argues that a group of Old English riddles located in the borderlands between Anglo-Saxon England and Wales reflect a common regional culture by depicting shared values of a warrior ... More


Wittgenstein, Joyce, and the Vanishing Problem of Life

Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé

in A Different Order of Difficulty: Literature after Wittgenstein

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226677019
eISBN:
9780226677293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226677293.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Wittgenstein’s Tractatus and the “Ithaca” episode of Joyce’s Ulysses explore problems of “a different order of difficulty” through the guise of the more routinely difficult “propositions of natural ... More


The Old English Grammar of the Soul

D. Vance Smith

in Arts of Dying: Literature and Finitude in Medieval England

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226640853
eISBN:
9780226641041
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226641041.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter examines the relation between death and the voice in Old English poetry and pedagogical texts, especially Aelfric's Grammar and Colloquies and two versions of a debate between the body ... More


Riddles of Belonging: India in Translation and Other Tales of Possession

Christi A. Merrill

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823229550
eISBN:
9780823241064
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823229550.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

Can the subaltern joke? The author answers by invoking riddling, oral-based fictions from Hindi, Rajasthani, Sanskrit, and Urdu that dare to laugh at what traditions often keep hidden — whether ... More


Wit and Wisdom: The Worldview of the Old Norse-Icelandic Riddles and Their Relationship to Eddic Poetry

Hannah Burrows

in Eddic, Skaldic, and Beyond: Poetic Variety in Medieval Iceland and Norway

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780823257812
eISBN:
9780823261598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257812.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

Hannah Burrows discusses the riddles found in Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks, a thirteenth-century fornaldarsaga. Little scholarly attention has been directed toward the riddles from the Old ... More


Perceptions of Medieval Manuscripts: The Phenomenal Book

Elaine Treharne

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
October 2021
ISBN:
9780192843814
eISBN:
9780191926471
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192843814.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Perceptions of Medieval Manuscripts takes as its starting point an understanding that a medieval book is a whole object at every point of its long history. As such, medieval books can be studied most ... More


Jazz with Strings: Between Jazz and the Great American Songbook

John Howland

in Jazz/Not Jazz: The Music and Its Boundaries

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780520271036
eISBN:
9780520951358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520271036.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

From roughly 1940 to 1945, a number of prominent big band leaders expanded their ensembles by adding strings and other orchestral instruments. Capitol Records stood at the forefront of this movement ... More


Common-Sense Envy

Andrea Gadberry

in Cartesian Poetics: The Art of Thinking

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226722979
eISBN:
9780226723167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226723167.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

In the Discourse on Method, Descartes explains that everyone has an equal amount of common sense and that no one would even think of wanting more of it. Examining this famous opening, the chapter ... More


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