Crafting Characters: Heroes and Heroines in the Ancient Greek Novel by Koen De TemmermanCrafting Characters: Heroes and Heroines in the Ancient Greek Novel by Koen De Temmerman

Crafting Characters: Heroes and Heroines in the Ancient Greek Novel

byKoen De Temmerman

Hardcover | March 27, 2014

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The oldest European novels were written in ancient Greek during the first few centuries of the Common Era. Despite the gold rush towards these novels in the last two decades and the resurgence of interest in representations of character in literary studies, and Classical studies in particular,no volume has yet been devoted to exploring character and characterization in the ancient Greek novels. This study analyses the characterization of the protagonists in the five extant, so-called "ideal" Greek novels (those of Chariton, Xenophon of Ephesus, Achilles Tatius, Longus, and Heliodorus). De Temmerman offers close readings of techniques of characterization used in each novel and combinesmodern - mainly, but not exclusively, structuralist - narratology and ancient rhetoric. He argues that three conceptual couples central to ancient theory of character, typification/individuation, idealistic/realistic characterization, and static/dynamic character, construct character in thesenarratives more ambiguously, more elusively, and in more complex ways than has so far been realized. Throughout the different chapters, it also becomes clear how intimately presentations of character are intertwined with self-portrayal and performance of the self.
Koen De Temmerman is a Research Professor at Ghent University. He is also a visiting member of the Classics Centre at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
Title:Crafting Characters: Heroes and Heroines in the Ancient Greek NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pagesPublished:March 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199686149

ISBN - 13:9780199686148

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Table of Contents

Preface (acknowledgments)ContentsAbbreviationsIntroduction: Character, techniques of characterization and the ancient Greek novel1. Chariton2. Xenophon of Ephesus3. Achilles Tatius4. Longus5. HeliodorusConclusionBibliographyIndex