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Gifts of words: the discourse of gift-giving in eleventh-century Byzantine poetry

Floris Bernard (UGent)
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Poets of the Byzantine eleventh-century disposed of a powerful means to have their works patroned without incurring the accusation that they chased ambitions: the gift. Numerous poems are offered as gifts, in exchange for tangible rewards. The rhetoric of 'words as a gift' moreover helped poets to uphold the exquisite nature of their works and to confirm the exclusivity of their elite.
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Byzantine poetry, Sociology of literature

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Chicago
Bernard, Floris. 2012. “Gifts of Words: The Discourse of Gift-giving in Eleventh-century Byzantine Poetry.” In Poetry and Its Contexts in Eleventh-century Byzantium, ed. Floris Bernard and Kristoffel Demoen, 37–51. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.
APA
Bernard, F. (2012). Gifts of words: the discourse of gift-giving in eleventh-century Byzantine poetry. In F. Bernard & K. Demoen (Eds.), Poetry and its contexts in eleventh-century Byzantium (pp. 37–51). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.
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Bernard F. Gifts of words: the discourse of gift-giving in eleventh-century Byzantine poetry. In: Bernard F, Demoen K, editors. Poetry and its contexts in eleventh-century Byzantium. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate; 2012. p. 37–51.
MLA
Bernard, Floris. “Gifts of Words: The Discourse of Gift-giving in Eleventh-century Byzantine Poetry.” Poetry and Its Contexts in Eleventh-century Byzantium. Ed. Floris Bernard & Kristoffel Demoen. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2012. 37–51. Print.
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