Vision and Narrative in Achilles Tatius' Leucippe and Clitophon

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Dezember 2004



Achilles Tatius' Leucippe and Clitophon has long been regarded as the most controversial of the ancient Greek novels. This extended study on Achilles Tatius explores Leucippe and Clitophon in its literary and visual contexts, presenting fresh insights into the work's narrative complexities and its obsessions with the eye. The book is written for non-specialists and all Greek is translated or paraphrased. It will be of value to readers with interests in feminist literary criticism, as well as ancient novels.


1. Introduction; 2. Readers and reading; 3. Description, digression and form; 4. Gender, gaze and speech; Conclusion.


Helen Morales lectures in Classics at the University of Cambridge and is a Fellow of Newnham College. She is co-editor of Intratextuality: Greek and Roman Textual Relations (OUP, 2000).


'Vision and Narrative in Achilles Tatius' 'Leucippe and Clitophon' is, scandalously, the first monograph in any language on Achilles' extraordinary text and only the second in English on any Greek novel other than Longus' fey pastoral tease, Daphnis and Chloe. It is, to say the least, a bar-raising performance.' The Times Literary Supplement '... this is an ambitious book that succeeds in its aim of contributing to 'the cultural history of viewing ... it brings classical scholarship up to date on a number of contemporary issues in the fields of gender studies and psychology. It also frequently delights in the rhetorical exuberance of Achilles Tatius that makes it such a pleasurable (and at times disturbing) text to read. As such Morales' monograph is to be highly commended.' Scholia Reviews 'This book is an important contribution to our understanding not only of Leucippe and Clithophon but also of ancient Greek novels in general, whose narrative strategies can be linked to, and decoded from, a complex visualistic discourse both within and outside the texts. Key elements of this poetics of vision and the novels' sophisticated design are ekphrastic descriptions, theatrical scenes, modes of viewing, and the visual impact of the female heroine, which Morales discusses in four chapters. All of them contain a series of stimulating close readings combined with a critical discussion of previous narratological approaches to the text, especially those by Stephen Nimis and Shady Bartsch.' Journal of Hellenic Studies
EAN: 9780521642644
ISBN: 0521642647
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Classical Studies'. 1 b/w illus. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2004
Seitenanzahl: 286 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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