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Towards A Typology Of The Narrative Modes In Ancient Greek. Text Types And Narrative Structure In Euripidean Messenger Speeches

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This chapter aims to make a first step towards a typology of narrative modes in Ancient Greek narrative. Narrative modes are primarily approached as linguistic phenomena in the chapter. The chapter introduces a typology of four distinct narrative modes, and discusses their specific linguistic and narratological properties. The four narrative modes are: the displaced diegetic mode, the immediate diegetic mode, the descriptive mode, and the discursive mode. The textual corpus on which the author's analysis is based consists of the Euripidean messenger speeches. The chapter addresses the relationship between the narrative modes and plot-structure. The narrative modes can be said to function as a bridge between the sentences on the one hand, and the more abstract structure that the text evokes on the other. The function of the narrative modes within the larger organisation of the narrative is demonstrated by an analysis of the messenger speech in Euripides' Andromache.

Keywords: Ancient Greek narrative; Andromache; Euripidean messenger speeches; narrative modes



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