Fiction on the Fringe: Novelistic Writing in the Post-Classical Age

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Grammatiki A. Karla
BRILL, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 194 pages
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This collection of essays offers a comprehensive examination of texts that traditionally have been excluded from the main corpus of the ancient Greek novel and confined to the margins of the genre, such as the Life of Aesop, the Life of Alexander the Great, and the Acts of the Christian Martyrs. Through comparison and contrast, intertextual analysis and close examination, the boundaries of the dichotomy between the fringe vs. the canonical or erotic novel are explored, and so the generic identity of the texts in each group is more clearly outlined. The collective outcome brings the fringe from the periphery of scholarly research to the centre of critical attention, and provides methodological tools for the exploration of other fringe texts.

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The Politics of Genre and the Ancient Greek Novel Helen Morales
Affinity and Differentiation Grammatiki A Karla
The Life of Aesop and the Alexander Romance as Fringe Novels Corinne Jouanno
Chapter Four Romance Without Eros JohnTheophanes A Papademetriou
Chapter Five The Ideal Greek Novel from a Biographical Perspective Tomas Hägg
Xenophons Cyropaedia Bernhard Zimmermann
Narrative Patterns in Ancient Greek Novels and Christian Acts David Konstan
Chapter Eight Novelistic and Antinovelistic Narrative in the Acts of Thomas and the Acts of Andrew and Matthias Jason König
Chapter Nine Pausanias the Novelist William Hutton
Chapter Ten Fictional Anxieties Richard Hunter
General Index
Index Locorum

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Grammatiki A. Karla (PhD 2000, Freie Universit t Berlin), is lecturer in Greek Literature at the University of Athens. She has published extensively on the Life of Aesop including "Vita Aesopi. berlieferung, Sprache und Edition einer fr hbyzantinischen Fassung des sopromans" (Wiesbaden 2001).