Narrators, Narratees, and Narratives in Ancient Greek Literature: Studies in Ancient Greek Narrative, Volume One

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Irene J. F. De Jong, René Nünlist, Angus M. Bowie
BRILL, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 583 pages
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This is the first in a series of volumes which together will provide an entirely new history of ancient Greek (narrative) literature. Its organization is formal rather than biographical. It traces the history of central narrative devices, such as the narrator and his narratees, time, focalization, characterization, description, speech, and plot. It offers not only analyses of the handling of such a device by individual authors, but also a larger historical perspective on the manner in which it changes over time and is put to different uses by different authors in different genres. The first volume lays the foundation for all volumes to come, discussing the definition and boundaries of narrative, and the roles of its producer, the narrator, and recipient, the narratees.
 

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Contents

Introduction Narratological theory on narrators narratees and narratives IJF de Jong
1
Part One Epic and elegiac poetry
11
Part Two Historiography
99
Part Three Choral lyric
211
Part Four Drama
233
Part Five Oratory
315
Part Six Philosophy
355
Part Seven Biography
389
Part Eight Between philosophy and rhetoric
449
Part Nine The novel
477
Epilogue Narrators narratees and narratives in ancient Greek literature IJF de Jong and R Nünlist
545
Bibliography
555
Thematic index
579
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Irene J.F. de Jong, Ph.D. (1987) in Ancient Greek Literature, University of Amsterdam, is Professor of Greek at the University of Amsterdam. She specializes in the narratological analysis of ancient Greek texts; her publications include Narrators and Focalizers. The Presentation of the Story in the Iliad (1987, repr. 2004) and A Narratological commentary on the Odyssey (2001). Rene Nunlist, Ph.D. (1996) in Classics, University of Basel, is William A. Dyer, Jr. Assistant Professor of the Humanities at Brown University. He is the author of Poetologische Bildersprache in der fruhgriechischen Dichtung (1998) and co-author of the new Basel commentary on the Iliad (2000-). Angus Bowie is Fellow of The Queen's College and Lecturer in Classical Languages in Oxford.