The Classical Plot And The Invention Of Western Narrative

Authors: N. J. Lowe
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Keywords: narrative, western, invention, plot, classical
Pages: 308
Published: 2000-06-26
Language: English
Category: Classics, Literature & Fiction,
ISBN-10: 0521771765     ISBN-13: 9780521771764
Binding: Hardcover
List Price: 105.00 USD
  • Rating: 80%
This is the story of how Western literature first developed its distinctive taste for the kind of tight, economical plotting still employed in modern fiction and cinema. The book shows how this taste was formed in Greco-Roman antiquity out of a series of revolutions in storytelling, centered on Homer, early tragedy, Hellenistic comedy, and the Greek love-novels of the early centuries AD. Along the way, it draws on cognitive science and current literary theory to offer a resilient yet accessible new theory of what "plot" is and how it works.

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