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Author And Narrator : Fiction And Metafiction In Philostratus Vita Apollonii

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This chapter discusses role-playing in Second Sophistic Literature, the Vita Apollonii and the distinction of fiction, the VA's communicative situation in narratological terms, performance of scepticism in the Third Book of the VA, foregrounding of intertextual play in the VA, a satyr play in the VA. When the protagonists of the main story are implicitly commenting on the narration of the frame story, this results in a kind of dramatic irony, arising from the fact that the reader knows more than the characters of the text (including in this case the primary narrator). Metafictional irony may serve a higher communicative aim, not so much weakening the believability of the story, but rather ensuring its acceptability as a fiction. By deliberately handling his credibility device in a playful manner, Philostratus is at least telling the truth about the fictionality of his frame-story.

Keywords: metafiction; Philostratus; Second Sophistic Literature; Third Book; Vita Apollonii



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