Long, stichomythic dialogues in the tragedies of Euripides are connected with some of the greatest problems of critical appreciation. The form is considered unnatural particularly when characters use stichomythia to tell stories to each other. In
Shared Storytelling in Euripidean Stichomythia Liesbeth Schuren tries to rehabilitate Euripidean stichomythia, using pragmatic and narratological approaches. In the section devoted to pragmatic analysis, comparison between the turn-taking systems in Euripidean stichomythia and naturally occurring conversation establishes to what extent convention and realism are operative. Using narratological arguments, the traditional apparatus is expanded to suit the dialogic nature of narrative stichomythia. Analysis of narrative presentation in storytelling with two interlocutors results in a multi-faceted perspective, an effect unique to narrative stichomythia.
Liesbeth Schuren obtained her D.Phil. in Classical Languages and Literature from the University of Oxford in 2010. She is a teacher of Classics at Wolfert Lyceum in Bergschenhoek.
''S.’s book is clearly structured and written in a plain and easily readable style. Pragmatic and narratological concepts and terminology are put to productive use and never become burdensome jargon. The analytical tools S. applies to her object are not only appropriate but in fact necessary for an analysis that wants to capture the refinement and flexibility of Euripidean stichomythic dialogue. S.’s analyses are generally thorough, perceptive, and convincing. (...) In sum, however, the strengths of this book far outweigh its drawbacks. Students and scholars of Euripides will gain from S.’s study a deeper understanding of important pragmatic and narratological aspects of Euripidean stichomythia and a greater appreciation of the refinement and sophistication Euripides brings to this most artful of dramatic dialogue forms.'' Markus Dubischar,
Classical scholars, especially those interested in Greek tragedy, linguistics and narratology.