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By Tim Whitmarsh

The Greek romance was once for the Roman interval what epic used to be for the Archaic interval or drama for the Classical: the imperative literary motor vehicle for articulating rules in regards to the dating among self and group. This publication bargains a studying of the romance either as a particular narrative shape (using various narrative theories) and as a paradigmatic expression of identification (social, sexual and cultural). even as it emphasises the pliancy of romance narrative and its skill to deal with either conservative and transformative types of identification. This elasticity manifests itself in part within the edition in perform among various romancers, a few of whom are characteristically Hellenocentric whereas others are more difficult. eventually, notwithstanding, it's argued that it displays a pressure in all romance narrative, which often balances centrifugal opposed to centripetal dynamics. This ebook will curiosity classicists, historians of the unconventional and scholars of narrative theory.

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