Texts, Transmissions, Receptions

Modern Approaches to Narratives


The papers collected in this volume study the function and meaning of narrative texts from a variety of perspectives. The word “text” is used here in the broadest sense of the term: it denotes literary books, but also oral tales, speeches, newspaper articles and comics. One of the purposes of this volume is to discover what these different texts have in common. The texts are approached from four main perspectives: New Philology, Linguistics, Iconography and Reception studies. Contributors come from diverse disciplines, such as Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, English literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Cultural Studies, Art History, Linguistics, and Communication and Information Studies, all united in a common purpose to understand the workings of narrative texts.
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André Lardinois, Ph.D. (1995), Princeton University, is Professor of Ancient Greek Literature and Academic Director of the Institute for Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen. His main research interests centre on Greek lyric poetry and Greek drama.

Sophie Levie, Ph.D. (1988), University of Amsterdam, is Professor of European Literature at Radboud University Nijmegen. She is chief editor of a series published by Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, Rome.
Her research focuses on 20th century European literary history.

Hans Hoeken, Ph.D. (1995), Tilburg University, is Professor of Persuasive Communication at Radboud University Nijmegen. His main research interests lie in the field of the persuasive effects of argumentation, rhetorical figures and narratives.

Christoph Lüthy, Ph.D. (1995), Harvard University, is Professor of the History of Philosophy and Science at Radboud University Nijmegen. He is particularly interested in the origin of the modern scientific disciplines, the evolution of natural philosophy and of matter theories, as well as in methods of (graphically) visualizing abstract thought and theories.

Contributors are: Benjamin Alexander, Guy Claessens, Sabrina Corbellini, Karina van Dalen-Oskam, Anneke de Graaf, Laurens Ham, Hans Hoeken, Margriet Hoogvliet, Helen de Hoop, Lettica Hustinx, Camille Joseph, Bram de Klerck, Mark de Kreij, Tom Lambeens, André Lardinois, Sander Lestrade, Sophie Levie, Christoph Lüthy, Kris Pint, José Sanders, Rob van de Schoor, Wilbert Spooren, Els Stronks, Kirsten Vis.
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List of Contributors
André Lardinois, Sophie Levie, Hans Hoeken and Christoph Lüthy

Part 1 - New Philology
1 Transmission and Textual Variants: Divergent Fragments of Sappho’s Songs Examined
Mark de Kreij
2 In Praise of the Variant Analysis Tool: A Computational Approach to Medieval Literature
Karina van Dalen-Oskam
3 Mutatis Mutandis: The Same Call for Peace, but Diffferently Framed Each Time
Rob van de Schoor
4 The Salman Rushdie Archive and the Re-Imagining of a Philological E-volution
Benjamin Alexander

Part 2 - Narrativity
5 Modality in Lolita
Helen de Hoop and Sander Lestrade
6 Transported into a Story World: The Role of the Protagonist
Anneke de Graaf and Lettica Hustinx
7 Constructing the Landscape of Consciousness in News Stories
José Sanders and Hans Hoeken
8 Quoted Discourse in Dutch News Narratives
Kirsten Vis , José Sanders and Wilbert Spooren

Part 3 - Image and Text
9 Mary Magdalene’s Conversion in Renaissance Painting and Mediaeval Sacred Drama
Bram de Klerck
10 The Difffusion of Illustrated Religious Texts and Ideological Restraints
Els Stronks
11 Illustrating the Anthropological Text: Drawings and Photographs in Franz Boas’ The Social Organization and the Secret Societies of the Kwakiutl Indians (1897)
Camille Joseph
12 The Interaction of Image and Text in Modern Comics
Tom Lambeens and Kris Pint

Part 4 - Reception and Literary Infrastructure
13 Holy Writ and Lay Readers in Late Medieval Europe: Translation and Participation
Sabrina Corbellini and Margriet Hoogvliet
14 Reception and the Textuality of History: Ramus and Kepler on Proclus’ History and Philosophy of Geometry
Guy Claessens
15 Occasional Writer, Sensational Writer: Multatuli as a Sentimental Benevolence Writer in the 1860s
Laurens Ham

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