The Library (as) Book: The Fantasy of the Total Text

Yun Lee Too

in The Idea of the Library in the Ancient World

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199577804
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722912 | DOI:
 							The Library (as) Book: The Fantasy of the Total Text

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Chapter 4 looks at the phenomenon of a single work that calls itself a library. It considers the Library of Apollodorus as a work that plays on seeming to be a full and complete text while actually containing conspicuous absences to which it consciously draws the reader's attention. It is a mythological compendium that offers moments of recognition that there are other narrative traditions than the present one. It becomes apparent that this Library is, as all other libraries, anything but a complete one.

Keywords: library; mythology; compendium; narrative tradition; Apollodorus; Library of Apollodorus

Chapter.  10341 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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