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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the book Shared Storytelling in Euripidean Stichomythia which makes excursions outside stichomythia. The book consists of two parts. The first part of the book considers Euripidean stichomythia as a form of conversation by means of pragmatics, illustrates the potential of the application of pragmatics to Greek literature and contributes to the growing interest in it. The second part of the book concentrates on narrative stichomythia, i.e. stichomythia in which one interlocutor tells a story to another. This type of stichomythia has been recognized and criticized as early as the first scholarly discussions of the subject in general. The second part also discusses the historic present, the proximal deictic pronoun ὅδε and the expression versus suppression of ex eventu knowledge.

Keywords: Euripidean stichomythia; Greek literature; narratology; pragmatics



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