Narratology and Classics: A Practical Guide

Paperback | August 8, 2014

byIrene J. F. de Jong

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Narrative is an important element in our daily life and the novel is arguably the most popular genre of our times. The theory of narrative or narratology, which was developed in the 1960s, has helped us towards a better understanding of the how and why of narrative. Narratology and Classics isthe first introduction to narratology that deals specifically with classical narrative: epic, historiography, biography, the ancient novel, but also the many narratives inserted in drama or lyric.The first part of the volume sketches the rise of narratology, and defines key narratological terms, illustrated with examples from both modern novels and Greek and Latin texts. Among the topics discussed are the identity of the role of narrator and narratees, tales within tales, metalepsis,temporal devices such as prolepsis and analepsis, retardation and acceleration, repetition and gaps, focalisation, and the thematic, symbolic, or characterising functions of space. The second part of the volume offers three close readings of famous classical texts and shows how the interpretation ofthese texts can be enriched by the use of narratology.The aim of this practical guide is to initiate its readers quickly into a literary theory that has established itself as a powerful new instrument in the classicist's toolkit. All concepts are clearly defined and illustrated from Greek and Latin texts, and detailed bibliographies at the end of eachchapter point the way to theoretical studies and to further narratological studies of classical texts.

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Narrative is an important element in our daily life and the novel is arguably the most popular genre of our times. The theory of narrative or narratology, which was developed in the 1960s, has helped us towards a better understanding of the how and why of narrative. Narratology and Classics isthe first introduction to narratology that ...

Irene J. F. de Jong is Professor of ancient Greek at the University of Amsterdam and a member of the Academia Europaea. She has published extensively on Homer, Herodotus, Euripides, and classical narrative. Her work has been translated into Spanish and New-Greek.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.07 inPublished:August 8, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefacePart I: A Narratological Primer1. Introduction2. Narrators and Narratees3. Focalization4. Time5. SpacePart II: Narratological Close Readings6. Narratology and Epic: Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite 45-291 (Aphrodite and Anchises)7. Narratology and Historiography: Herodotus Histories 1.34-45 (Atys and Adrastus)8. Narratology and Drama: Euripides Bacchae 1043-1152 (The Death of Pentheus)Index of TermsIndex of Greek and Latin Passages