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Classical Plot and the Invention of Western Narrative

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ISBN-10: 0521604451

ISBN-13: 9780521604451

Edition: N/A

Authors: N. J. Lowe

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $47.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/20/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990

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