Theocritus And The Invention Of Fiction by Mark PayneTheocritus And The Invention Of Fiction by Mark Payne

Theocritus And The Invention Of Fiction

byMark Payne

Hardcover | April 30, 2007

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The bucolic Idylls of Theocritus are the first literature to invent a fully fictional world that is not an image of reality but an alternative to it. It is thereby distinguished from the other Idylls and from Hellenistic poetry as a whole. This book examines these poems in the light of ancient and modern conceptions of fictionality. It explores how access to this fictional world is mediated by form and how this world appears as an object of desire for the characters within it. The argument culminates in a fresh reading of Idyll 7, where Professor Payne discusses the encounter between author and fictional creation in the poem and its importance for the later pastoral tradition. Close readings of Theocritus, Callimachus, Hermesianax and the Lament for Bion are supplemented with parallels from modern contemporary fiction and an extended discussion of the heteronymic poetry of Fernando Pessoa.
Mark Payne is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Chicago.
Title:Theocritus And The Invention Of FictionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:April 30, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521865778

ISBN - 13:9780521865777


Table of Contents

Introduction: in the realms of the unreal; 1. The pleasures of the imaginary; 2. The presence of the fictional world; 3. Becoming bucolic; 4. From fiction to metafiction; Conclusion: the future of a fiction.

Editorial Reviews

"Payne has done an excellent job of demonstrating how Theocritus creates 'the first fully fictional world in Western literature'...Theocritus and the Invention of Fiction is a major contribution to Theocritean studies. Most importantly, it illustrates the crucial role that acting and re-enacting play in the pastoral world."
Regina Hoschele, New England Classical Journal