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Recognitions: A Study in Poetics

Terence Cave


This book is about the most neglected strand of Aristotelian poetics — anagnorisis, or recognition. It is a topic that has conventionally had a bad press: the recognition scene is regarded as an implausible contrivance, a feeble way of resolving a plot the author can no longer control. But why do such scenes occur in every kind of drama and narrative fiction from the Odyssey and Oedipus to thrillers by Le Carré — and how is it they continue to surprise, amuse, and disturb? This book first traces the history of the term anagnorisis and explores the ways in which it continues to be a valuable fo ... More

Keywords: Aristotle, poetics, anagnorisis, recognition, Odyssey, Oedipus, Le Carré, Shakespeare, James, Conrad

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198151630
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151630.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terence Cave, author
St John's College, Oxford