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Hospitality and Treachery in Western Literature$
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James A. W. Heffernan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300195583

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300195583.001.0001

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: Crossing the Threshold

: Crossing the Threshold

(p.1) Introduction: Crossing the Threshold
Hospitality and Treachery in Western Literature

James A. W. Heffernan

Yale University Press

This book considers the pleasures and perils of hospitality in works of literature ranging from Homer's Odyssey to Albert Camus's short story “The Guest.” In the Odyssey, stories of encounters between hosts and guests range all the way from the cannibalism of Polyphemos to the graciousness of the Phaeacians. The book shows how deeply and widely the theme of hospitality permeates the history of Western literature, and provides examples of conditions that show the conflict between hospitality and treachery.

Keywords:   hospitality, Homer, Odyssey, Albert Camus, treachery

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