The Classical Plot and the Invention of Western Narrative

The Classical Plot and the Invention of Western Narrative

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by N. J. Lowe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521771765

ISBN-13: 9780521771764

Pub. Date: 06/28/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is the story of how Western literature first developed its distinctive taste for the kind of tight, economical plotting still employed in modern fiction and cinema. The book shows how this taste was formed in Greco-Roman antiquity out of a series of revolutions in storytelling, centered on Homer, early tragedy, Hellenistic comedy, and the Greek love-novels of the…  See more details below

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This is the story of how Western literature first developed its distinctive taste for the kind of tight, economical plotting still employed in modern fiction and cinema. The book shows how this taste was formed in Greco-Roman antiquity out of a series of revolutions in storytelling, centered on Homer, early tragedy, Hellenistic comedy, and the Greek love-novels of the early centuries AD. Along the way, it draws on cognitive science and current literary theory to offer a resilient yet accessible new theory of what "plot" is and how it works.

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ISBN-13:
9780521771764
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Classical Plot: 1. Approaches; 2. A cognitive model; 3. The narrative universe; 4. The classical plot; 5. Unclassical plots; Part II. The Classical Plots: 6. Epic myth I: Iliad; 7. Epic myth II: Odyssey; 8. Dramatic myth: tragedy and satyr-play; 9. Dramatic fiction: New Comedy; 10. Epic fiction: the Greek novel; Conclusion; Glossary.

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This is an exceptional, authorative, and insightful work. It fills a serious void in the literature. Congratulations!