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Introduction

Stefan Tilg

in Chariton of Aphrodisias and the Invention of the Greek Love Novel

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199576944
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722486 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576944.003.0001
Introduction

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The introduction defines the Greek love novel, or ‘ideal’ novel, and considers its relation to other strains of Graeco‐Roman prose fiction. It reviews the history and the current relevance of enquiries into the origins of the Greek love novel and suggests a generic model based on individual emulations and variations as an alternative to the predominant idea of an abstract novelistic matrix. A description of the methodological approach of the book is provided, which consists of the combination of arguments from literary history on the one hand and from Chariton's poetics, implied in his metaliterary self‐references, on the other. A preview of the course of the investigation gives readers an idea of the main points to follow and helps them navigate through the following chapters.

Keywords: greek love novel; ideal novel; ancient prose fiction; history of scholarship; genre; individuality; poetics; metaliteracy; self‐references

Chapter.  9073 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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