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Love and Providence: Recognition in the Ancient Novel

Silvia Montiglio

Abstract

The core of this book is an investigation of the treatment of the recognition motif in the Greek novels. It also includes forays into the Roman novels, early Jewish and Christian narratives, and an overview of a sample of early modern European texts, which have been influenced by the ancient novel in their recognition scenes. The ancient novels inherit the recognition motif from epic and drama, and acknowledge their debts by citations or allusions. They also share an ideological mainstay underlying the poetics of recognition in ancient literature: poetic justice, or “goodness wins.” Recognitio ... More

Keywords: recognition in literature, ancient novel, Greek literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199916047
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916047.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Silvia Montiglio, author
Johns Hopkins University

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