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The Resource Decoding the ancient novel : the reader and the role of description in Heliodorus and Achilles Tatius, Shadi Bartsch

Decoding the ancient novel : the reader and the role of description in Heliodorus and Achilles Tatius, Shadi Bartsch

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Decoding the ancient novel : the reader and the role of description in Heliodorus and Achilles Tatius
Title
Decoding the ancient novel
Title remainder
the reader and the role of description in Heliodorus and Achilles Tatius
Statement of responsibility
Shadi Bartsch
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Using a reader-oriented approach, Shadi Bartsch reconsiders the role of detailed descriptive accounts in the ancient Greek novels of Heliodorus and Achilles Tatius and in so doing offers a new view of the genre itself. Bartsch demonstrates that these passages, often misunderstood as mere ornamental devices, form in fact an integral part of the narrative proper, working to activate the audience's awareness of the play of meaning in the story. As the crucial elements in the evolution of a relationship in which the author arouses and then undermines the expectations of his readership, these passages provide the key to a better understanding and interpretation of these two most sophisticated of the ancient Greek romances.In many works of the Second Sophistic, descriptions of visual conveyors of meaning--artworks and dreams--signaled the presence of a deeper meaning. This meaning was revealed in the texts themselves through an interpretation furnished by the author. The two novels at hand, however, manipulate this convention of hermeneutic description by playing upon their readers' expectations and luring them into the trap of incorrect exegesis. Employed for different ends in the context of each work, this process has similar implications in both for the relationship between reader and author as it arises out of the former's involvement with the text.Originally published in 1989.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1966-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bartsch, Shadi
Dewey number
883/.01/0922
Index
index present
LC call number
PA3267
LC item number
.B37 1989eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Princeton legacy library
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Heliodorus
  • Achilles Tatius
  • Greek fiction
  • Reader-response criticism
  • Description (Rhetoric)
  • Rhetoric, Ancient
  • POETRY
  • Description (Rhetoric)
  • Greek fiction
  • Reader-response criticism
  • Rhetoric, Ancient
Label
Decoding the ancient novel : the reader and the role of description in Heliodorus and Achilles Tatius, Shadi Bartsch
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Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes indexes
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-190)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • SIX. The Role of Description
  • APPENDIX. Summaries of Leucippe and Clitophon and the Aethiopica
  • Bibliography
  • Index Locorum
  • General Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • ONE. Description and Interpretation in the Second Sophistic
  • TWO. Pictorial Description: Clues, Conventions, Girls, and Gardens
  • THREE. Dreams, Oracles, and Oracular Dreams: Misinterpretation and Motivation
  • FOUR. Descriptions of Spectacles: The Reader as Audience, the Author as Playwright
  • FIVE. The Other Descriptions: Relation to Narrative and Reader
Control code
889254928
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (212 pages).
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400860487
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt7356hg
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)889254928
Label
Decoding the ancient novel : the reader and the role of description in Heliodorus and Achilles Tatius, Shadi Bartsch
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes indexes
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-190)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • SIX. The Role of Description
  • APPENDIX. Summaries of Leucippe and Clitophon and the Aethiopica
  • Bibliography
  • Index Locorum
  • General Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • ONE. Description and Interpretation in the Second Sophistic
  • TWO. Pictorial Description: Clues, Conventions, Girls, and Gardens
  • THREE. Dreams, Oracles, and Oracular Dreams: Misinterpretation and Motivation
  • FOUR. Descriptions of Spectacles: The Reader as Audience, the Author as Playwright
  • FIVE. The Other Descriptions: Relation to Narrative and Reader
Control code
889254928
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (212 pages).
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400860487
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt7356hg
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)889254928

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