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Reading Fiction with Lucian
Fakes, Freaks and Hyperreality

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Part of Greek Culture in the Roman World

  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107437784

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  • This book offers a captivating new interpretation of Lucian as a fictional theorist and writer to stand alongside the novelists of the day, bringing to bear on his works a whole new set of reading strategies. It argues that the aesthetic and cultural issues Lucian faced, in a world of mimesis and replication, were akin to those found in postmodern contexts: the ubiquity of the fake, the erasure of origins, the focus on the freakish and weird at the expense of the traditional. In addition to exploring the texture of Lucian's own writing, Dr ní Mheallaigh uses Lucian as a focal point through which to examine other fictional texts of the period, including Antonius Diogenes' The Incredible Things Beyond Thule, Dictys' Journal of the Trojan War and Ptolemy Chennus' Novel History, and reveals the importance of fiction's engagement with its contemporary culture of writing, entertainment and wonder.

    • Proposes a fresh understanding of fiction within the wider context of ancient wonder, spectacle and entertainment
    • Includes comparative readings with postmodern fiction, especially the works of Umberto Eco
    • Presents a new view of the importance of the role of the material text in ancient fiction
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107437784
    • length: 317 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: Lucian's Promethean poetics: hybridity, fiction and the postmodern
    2. Toxaris: microfiction and the Greek novel
    3. Philopseudes: philosophy of fiction, drama of reading
    4. Semiotic fictions: the lector in fabula from The Incredible Things beyond Thule to The Name of the Rose
    5. Beyond Thule: adventures at the edge of the text
    6. Lucian's True Stories: travels in hyperreality
    7. Conclusion: fiction and the wonder-culture of the Roman Empire.

  • Author

    Karen ní Mheallaigh, University of Exeter
    Karen ní Mheallaigh is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Exeter. Her research focuses on the postclassical literary cultures of the Hellenistic and Romano-Greek worlds, especially ancient fiction.

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