Scenic narration in the Daniel Sketiotes Dossier of spiritually beneficial tales



Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Scandinavian Journal for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Byzantine hagiography; Daniel of Scetis; narrative; telling; showing
Description The aim of the paper is to uncover the narrative techniques and features specific to the so-called Daniel Sketiotes Dossier, a group of tales written down by an anonymous author at the end of the 6th century. I try to demonstrate that, in contrast to other similar texts, the Daniel Sketiotes Dossier has several prevailing narrative elements: a tendency to minimise narratorial comments and explications; efforts to present events vividly; and involvement of the audience in the story. I aim to pinpoint the techniques used for creating such an impression and the functions served by such a set of techniques and suggest that the literary technique of the Daniel Sketiotes Dossier is unusual within the genre, especially concerning the systematic preference for the showing mode of presentation.
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