The Birth of Literary Fiction in Ancient Greece by Margalit Finkelberg

The Birth of Literary Fiction in Ancient Greece

byMargalit Finkelberg

Hardcover | April 1, 1998

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The purpose of this study is to find out how and why the `poetics of fiction' arose, its sources, and the materials from which it was created. A series of cultural choices made in archaic and classical Greece produced a clash between the traditional `poetics of truth',which derived poetry from divine inspiration and in the last analysis did not construe the poem as a work of art at all, and the new `poetics of fiction', which derived poetry from art. The eventual succession of the latter, culminating with the Poetics of Aristotle, amounted to an aestheticrevolution because, as a result of it, literary fiction, which since then has become a necessary framework for both the theory and practice of literature in Western tradition, was for the first time separated from non-fiction and given a status of its own.

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Margalit Finkelberg is at University of Tel Aviv.

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Title:The Birth of Literary Fiction in Ancient GreeceFormat:HardcoverPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198150954

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`An important and often engaging study. Of interest primarily to professional Homerists and specialists in the history of literary aesthetics.'S.Douglas Olsen, Religious Studies Review Vol.25 No.4