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영어영문학연구, Vol.62 no.4 (2020)

DOI : 10.18853/jjell.2020.62.4.002

키클로스의 서사적 구조와 엘리자베스 비숍의 「대기실에서」



Based on the narrative structure of Greek epic cycle, Kyclos, the study explores Elizabeth Bishop’s In the Waiting Room. Bishop’s autobiographical poem, In the Waiting Room has many circular images with a cycle structure, and these aspects follow the Kyclos narrative. A common girl in the poem experiences heroic adventure, and the significance of her daily episode takes on historic and universal totality. This poem shows a “thematic bridge” of Kyclos epic, which is used to “continue a unified storyline lying beyond the boundaries of the poem at hand”(Fantuzzi and Tsagalis 3). The beginning description of the poem summarizes the ending episode of Bishop’s memoir, “The Country Mouse” so that the beginning word, “Worcester” is highlighted as a meaningful place throughout the poet’s entire life. It also begins in medias res (in the middle of) like Kyclos epic employing reverberation technique. Experiencing a cyclic adventure, “a going and returning,” the small girl of this poem is dramatically transformed into an epic hero. She is grown up spiritually by establishing a new connection with total strangers.
  엘리자베스 비숍; 그리스 서사시; 「대기실에서」; 키클로스; 이야기 ;Elizabeth Bishop; Greek Epic; In the Waiting Room; Kyclos; narrative

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