The Classical Plot and the Invention of Western Narrative
By (author) N. J. Lowe
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Classical Plot and the Invention of Western Narrative by N. J. Lowe
Book DescriptionFrom 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 literary theory. The first part of the book draws on developments in narratology and cognitive science to propose a 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 insights into the fundamental narrative poetics of each.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521604451
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-May-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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How western literature developed the economical plotting still supreme in modern fiction and cinema.
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