The Ancient Novel and Beyond

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This volume comprises the revised versions of selected papers read at the International Conference on the Ancient Novel (Groningen, July 2000). The papers cover a wide range of scholarly issues that were prominent in the programme of the conference, and feature the most recent approaches to research on the ancient novel.
The essays combine judicious use of literary theory with traditional scholarship, and examine the ancient novels and related texts, such as Oriental tales and Christian narrative, both in their larger, literary, cultural and social context, and as sources of inspiration for Byzantine and modern fiction. This book is important not only for classicists and literary historians, but also for a general public of those interested in narrative fiction.
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Biographical Note

Stelios Panayotakis, Ph.D. (1996) in Classics, University of Crete, is Research Fellow at the University of Groningen. He has published on Apuleius, and is preparing a commentary on the Historia Apollonii regis Tyri.
Maaike Zimmerman, Ph.D. (1992) in Classics, University of Groningen, is co-editor of the Groningen Colloquia on the Novel, and editor-in-chief of Ancient Narrative. Her publications include Apuleius Metamorphoses, Book X, Text, Introduction, and Commentary (Groningen, 2000).
Wytse Keulen, Ph.D. (2002) in Classics, University of Groningen, is preparing a commentary on Book One of Apuleius' Metamorphoses. The editors are members of the research group Groningen Commentaries on Apuleius.

Review Quotes

' ...this volume demonstrates that scholarship on the ancient narrative is strongly debated and continues to grow in new and fascinating directions.'
John Hilton, Scholia Reviews, 2004.

" Il est clair que cet ouvrage constitue une pièce maîtresse pour la recherche sur le roman antique. II témoigne certes de la faveur nouvelle dont jouit actuellement ce genre littéraire, longtemps délaissé parce que jugé mineur, mais aussi de la qualité des érudits qui s’y intéressent et de la vitalité des Groningen Colloquia dont l’honneur revient à M. Zimmerman."
Nicole Fick, Notices, 2009

Readership

All those interested in classics, the history of narrative, literary theory, gender studies, Jewish and Christian literature, Arabic text sources, early modern and contemporary fiction.

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