Drama in Prose: Dramatic Aspects in Ancient Narrative Literature and Their Function



Year of publication 2019
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Arts

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Description One of the cornerstones of the classical literary canon was to keep the so-called genre purity, by proclaiming a piece of writing as part of a particular genre through the use of a particular dialect, metre and melody. Soon enough, however, these norms were violated and become mutually transgressible, often as a result of natural development, but occasionally also as an outcome of a literary or social revolt. The aim of this paper is to introduce and analyse dramatic techniques and devices used across the ancient prose genres. Both the perspicuous intertexts and indirect inspirations and relationships will be examined in order to explore the relationship of ancient literature to the norm. The way the norm is understood in poetry and prose, as well as the dialogue between them will be discussed alongside the oscillation between normativity, the role of models and the strength of authorial individuality as it manifests itself in individual prose works.
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