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Narrative and Identity in the Ancient Greek Novel
Returning Romance

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Part of Greek Culture in the Roman World

  • Date Published: May 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521823913

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  • The Greek romance was for the Roman period what epic was for the Archaic period or drama for the Classical: the central literary vehicle for articulating ideas about the relationship between self and community. This book offers a fresh reading of the romance both as a distinctive narrative form (using a range of narrative theories) and as a paradigmatic expression of identity (social, sexual and cultural). At the same time it emphasises the elasticity of romance narrative and its ability to accommodate both conservative and transformative models of identity. This elasticity manifests itself partly in the variation in practice between different romancers, some of whom are traditionally Hellenocentric while others are more challenging. Ultimately, however, it is argued that it reflects a tension in all romance narrative, which characteristically balances centrifugal against centripetal dynamics. This book will interest classicists, historians of the novel and students of narrative theory.

    • Offers a new interpretation of the ancient Greek romance by an acknowledged expert
    • Provides a sophisticated account of the romance as a form, using a range of narrative theories
    • Locates the romance in the context of the identity politics of the early Imperial period, offering a new perspective on the cultural history of the Greek world under Rome
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521823913
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Returning Romance
    1. First romances: Chariton and Xenophon
    2. Transforming romance: Achilles Tatius and Longus
    3. Hellenism at the edge: Heliodorus
    Part II. Narrative and Identity:
    4. Pothos
    5. Telos
    6. Limen
    Appendix: the extant romances and the larger fragments.

  • Author

    Tim Whitmarsh, Corpus Christi College, Oxford
    Tim Whitmarsh is a leading literary and cultural critic of the Greek world during the time of the Roman Empire. A specialist in both ancient texts and modern theories, he has written over fifty articles and five books, including Greek Literature and the Roman Empire (2001) and The Second Sophistic (2005). He has also edited or coedited four books, and edits two book series.

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