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Author Lowe, N. J.

Title The classical plot and the invention of Western narrative / N.J. Lowe
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2000
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 293 pages)
Contents I. The classical plot. 1. Approaches. 2. A cognitive model. 3. The narrative universe. 4. The classical plot. 5. Unclassical plots -- 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
Summary "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 recognized system of terminology in recent literary theory. The first part of the book draws on current developments in narratalogy 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."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-285) and index
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Subject Classical literature -- Stories, plots, etc.
Classical literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Narration (Rhetoric)
Rhetoric, Ancient.
Genre/Form Plot summaries.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 99052857
ISBN 0511017413 (electronic bk.)
0511049617 (electronic bk.)
0511482280 (electronic bk.)
9780511017414 (electronic bk.)
9780511049613 (electronic bk.)
9780511482281 (electronic bk.)