Readers and Writers in the Ancient Novel

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Michael Paschalis, Stelios Panayotakis, Gareth L. Schmeling
Barkhuis, 2009 - History - 286 pages
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The present volume comprises most of the papers delivered at RICAN 4 in 2007. The focus is placed on readers and writers in the ancient novel and broadly in ancient fiction, though without ignoring readers and writers of the ancient novel. The papers offer a wide and rich range of perspectives: the reading of novels in antiquity as a process of active engagement with the text (Konstan); the dialogic character, involving writer and reader, of Lucian's Verae Historiae (Futre Pinheiro); book divisions in Chariton's Callirhoe as prompts guiding the reader towards gradual mastery over the text (Whitmarsh); polypragmosyne (curiosity) in ancient fiction and how it affects the practice of reading novels (Hunter); the intriguing relationship between the writing and reading of inscriptions in ancient fiction (Slater); the tension between public and private in constructing and reading of texts inserted in the novelistic prose (Nimis); the intertextual pedigree of the poet Eumolpus (Smith); Seneca's Claudius and Petronius' Encolpius as readers of Homer and Virgil and writers of literary scenarios (Paschalis); the ways in which some Greek novels draw the reader's attention to their status as written texts (Bowie); the interfaces between tellers and receivers of stories in Antonius Diogenes (Morgan); the generic components and the putative author of the Alexander Romance (Stoneman); Diktys as a writer and ways of reading his Ephemeris (Dowden); the presence and character of Iliadic intertexts in Apuleius' Metamorphoses (Harrison); the contrasting roles of the narrator-translator in Apuleius' Metamorphoses and De deo Socratis (Fletcher); seriocomic strategies by Roman authors of narrative fiction and fable (Graverini & Keulen); reading as a function for recognizing 'allegorical moments' in the Metamorphoses of Apuleius (Zimmerman); active and passive reading as embedded in Philostratus' Life of Apollonius; and the importance of book reading in Augustine's 'novelistic' Confessions (Hunink).
 

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Contents

MARILIA FUTRE PINHEIRO
18
TIM WHITMARSH
36
RICHARD HUNTER
51
NIALL SLATER
64
STEPHEN NIMIS
79
JOHN MORGAN
83
MICHAEL PASCHALIS
102
EWEN BOWIE
115
KEN DOWDEN
155
STEPHEN HARRISON
169
RICHARD FLETCHER
184
LUCA GRAVERINI WYTSE KEULEN
197
MAAIKE ZIMMERMAN
216
JEANPHILIPPE GUEZ
241
VINCENT HUNINK
254
Abstracts
268

Readers writing Readers and Writers
127
RICHARD STONEMAN
142

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