Recognition: The Poetics of Narrative--Interdisciplinary Studies on Anagnorisis

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An interdisciplinary collection of essays, this book advances the study of anagnorisis ("recognition"), a quintessential concept in Aristotelian poetics. The volume explores narrative structure and epistemology by examining how anagnorisis works in narrative fiction, music, and film. Contributors hail from the fields of cinema; opera; religion; medieval and modern English, German, and French literatures; comparative literature; and Indian (Sanskrit) and Islamic (Arabic) ...

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An interdisciplinary collection of essays, this book advances the study of anagnorisis ("recognition"), a quintessential concept in Aristotelian poetics. The volume explores narrative structure and epistemology by examining how anagnorisis works in narrative fiction, music, and film. Contributors hail from the fields of cinema; opera; religion; medieval and modern English, German, and French literatures; comparative literature; and Indian (Sanskrit) and Islamic (Arabic) literatures, both classical and modern.

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Introduction Philip F. Kennedy Kennedy, Philip F. Marilyn Lawrence Lawrence, Marilyn 1

1 Narrative Conventions and Rings of Recognition Wendy Doniger Doniger, Wendy 13

2 Islamic Recognitions: An Overview Philip F. Kennedy Kennedy, Philip F. 26

3 Non-recognition in Sir Triamour: The Reversal of Romance Expectations Elizabeth Archibald Archibald, Elizabeth 62

4 Recognition and Identity in Medieval Narrative: The Saracen Woman in the Anglo-Norman Epic Boeve de Haumtone Marilyn Lawrence Lawrence, Marilyn 81

5 Recognition: A Challenge for Opera Studies Jessica Waldoff Waldoff, Jessica 97

6 Singing with Tigers: Recognition in Wilhelm Meister, Daniel Deronda, and Nights at the Circus Terence Cave Cave, Terence 115

7 Hitchcock, Knowledge, and Sexual Difference Richard Allen Allen, Richard 135

8 Looking for Patterns in Static: Recognition, Reading, and Detecting in G.K. Chesterton and Paul Auster's City of Glass Gina Welty Parkinson Parkinson, Gina Welty 163

9 The Politics of Reading: Revolution and Recognition in Jabra Ibrahim Jabra's In Search of Walid Masoud Rebecca Carol Johnson Johnson, Rebecca Carol 178

10 The "Lone-Nut" Theory: Paranoia and Recognition in Contemporary American Fiction Daniel Beaumont Beaumont, Daniel 193

11 Recognition: The Pain and Joy of Compassion Piero Boitani Boitani, Piero 213

12 Mirror-Readings: An Afterword Marina Warner Warner, Marina 227

Contributors 235

Bibliography 239

Index 253

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