The Medieval Greek Romance [NOOK Book]

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First published by CUP in 1989, The Medieval Greek Romance provides basic information for the non-specialist about Greek fiction during the period 1071-1453, as well as proposing new solutions to problems that have vexed previous generations of scholars. Roderick Beaton applies sophisticated methods of literary analysis to the material, and the bridges of the artificial gap which has separated 'Byzantine'literature, in a form of ancient Greek as both homogenous and of a high ...
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The Medieval Greek Romance

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Overview

First published by CUP in 1989, The Medieval Greek Romance provides basic information for the non-specialist about Greek fiction during the period 1071-1453, as well as proposing new solutions to problems that have vexed previous generations of scholars. Roderick Beaton applies sophisticated methods of literary analysis to the material, and the bridges of the artificial gap which has separated 'Byzantine'literature, in a form of ancient Greek as both homogenous and of a high level of literary sophistication.
Throughout, consideration is given to relations and interconnections with similar literature in western Europe. As most of the texts discussed are not available in English translation, the argument is illustrated by lucid plot summaries and extensive quotation (accompanied by literal English renderings).
For this edition, The Medieval Greek Romance has been revised throughout and expanded with the addition of an 'Afterword' which assesses and responds to recent work on the subject.
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A study for nonspecialists of Greek fiction in vernacular poetry and prose 1071-1453, bridging the long-perceived gap between the classical and modern periods. Finds more homogeneity and sophistication in the unbroken tradition than has been recognized in its fragments. The works are mostly untranslated, so copious quotations and summaries are provided. Identified on the cover as no.6 in the series, but probably should be no.5 see PQ6380. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134810284
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/31/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 328
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Roderick Beaton is Koreas Professor of medieval and modern Greek at King's College,London.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface to the first edition
Preface to the second edition
Introduction 1
Pt. I 1071-1204
1 The Twelfth-Century Background 9
The Byzantine empire in the twelfth century 9
Levels of language and levels of literature 13
Literacy, books and readers 15
East meets West? 18
2 The Literary Tradition 22
Mimesis and rhetoric 22
Realism and the individual 28
3 The 'Proto-Romance', Digenes Akrites 30
Precursors of the romance 30
'Digenes': story and versions 32
The original 'Digenes' 43
4 The Renaissance of a Genre 52
5 The Twelfth-Century Texts 70
Pt. II 1204-1453
6 The First 'Modern Greek' Literature 91
The rise of vernacular literature 92
Significance and development of the 'political' verseform 98
7 The Original Romances: The Texts and their Stories 101
The texts: authorship, date, manuscript tradition 102
The stories 109
8 The Original Romances: Narrative Structure 117
9 Translations and Adaptations of Western Romances 135
10 Genealogy 146
The twelfth-century and Hellenistic romances 147
East meets West 154
11 Orality 164
The theories 164
Critique of the theories 169
A new proposal 181
12 Reception 189
Afterword: The Medieval Greek Romance Since 1987 207
Notes 228
References 270
Index 294
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