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The Classical Plot and the Invention of Western Narrative - N. J. Lowe

The Classical Plot and the Invention of Western Narrative

Paperback Published: 20th May 2004
ISBN: 9780521604451
Number Of Pages: 308

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From Homer to Hollywood, the western storytelling tradition has canonised a distinctive set of narrative values characterised by tight economy and closure. This book traces the formation of that classical paradigm in the development of ancient storytelling from Homer to Heliodorus. To tell this story, the book sets out to rehabilitate the idea of 'plot', notoriously disconnected from any recognised system of terminology in recent literary theory. The first part of the book draws on current developments in narratology and cognitive science to propose a new way of formally describing the way stories are structured and understood. This model is then used to write a history of the emergence of the classical plot type in the four ancient genres that shaped it - Homeric epic, fifth-century tragedy, New Comedy, and the Greek novel - with new insights into the fundamental narrative poetics of each.

'This brilliant book ... is immensely rewarding ... it is stimulating stuff and certain to cause major reconsiderations in the way we think about plots ancient and modern.' Literary Review
"A rare, even unique offering." Choice
"This book deserves attention from tose interested in deep structures of Greek and dependent literary traditions." Donald Lateiner, Ohio University

The Classical Plot
Approaches
A cognitive model
The narrative universe
The classical plot
Unclassical plots
The Classical Plots
Epic myth I: Iliad
Epic myth II: Odyssey
Dramatic myth: tragedy and satyr-play
Dramatic fiction: New Comedy
Epic fiction: the Greek novel
Conclusion
Glossary
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ISBN: 9780521604451
ISBN-10: 0521604451
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 20th May 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.7  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.46