This is the first in a series of volumes which together will provide an entirely new history of ancient Greek (narrative) literature. Its organization is formal rather than biographical. It traces the history of central narrative devices, such as the narrator and his narratees, time, focalization, characterization, description, speech, and plot. It offers not only analyses of the handling of such a device by individual authors, but also a larger historical perspective on the manner in which it changes over time and is put to different uses by different authors in different genres. The first volume lays the foundation for all volumes to come, discussing the definition and boundaries of narrative, and the roles of its producer, the narrator, and recipient, the narratees.
Irene J.F. de Jong, Ph.D. (1987) in Ancient Greek Literature, University of Amsterdam, is Professor of Greek at the University of Amsterdam. She specializes in the narratological analysis of ancient Greek texts; her publications include
Narrators and Focalizers. The Presentation of the Story in the Iliad (1987, repr. 2004) and
A Narratological commentary on the Odyssey (2001).
René Nünlist, Ph.D. (1996) in Classics, University of Basel, is William A. Dyer, Jr. Assistant Professor of the Humanities at Brown University. He is the author of
Poetologische Bildersprache in der frühgriechischen Dichtung (1998) and co-author of the new Basel commentary on the
Angus Bowie is Fellow of The Queen's College and Lecturer in Classical Languages in Oxford.
All those interested in ancient Greek literature, narrative theory, literary history, comparative literature.