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From Byzantium to modern Greece : medieval texts and their modern reception /
Roderick Beaton.
imprint
Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate/Variorum, c2008.
description
1 v. (various paging) ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0754659690 (hardback : alk. paper), 9780754659693 (hardback : alk. paper)
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imprint
Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate/Variorum, c2008.
isbn
0754659690 (hardback : alk. paper)
9780754659693 (hardback : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6675806
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The twelfth century was a time of cultural renewal and innovation in Byzantium: the long disused genres of epic, satire and the novel (or 'romance') took new forms during that century; at the same time, in language, the vernacular made its first tentative literary appearances. These developments continued uninterruptedly through the late Byzantine and early modern periods. The papers collected in this book explore the relation between literary texts and collective consciousness, scrutinizing the evidence of the texts themselves in their late- or post-Byzantine context, and assessing how their reception both influenced and was influenced by the processes of nation-building in Modern Greece.
First Chapter
The twelfth century was a time of cultural renewal and innovation in Byzantium: the long disused genres of epic, satire and the novel (or 'romance') took new forms during that century; at the same time, in language, the vernacular made its first tentative literary appearances. These developments continued uninterruptedly through the late Byzantine and early modern periods. The papers collected in this book explore the relation between literary texts and collective consciousness, scrutinizing the evidence of the texts themselves in their late- or post-Byzantine context, and assessing how their reception both influenced and was influenced by the processes of nation-building in Modern Greece.
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The twelfth century was a time of cultural renewal and innovation in Byzantium, just as it was in the west. In literature, the long disused genres of epic, satire and the novel (or 'romance') took new forms during that century; at the same time, in language, the vernacular made its first tentative literary appearances. These developments continued uninterruptedly through the late Byzantine and early modern periods. Scholarship since the nineteenth century has been sharply divided over these texts: do they represent the first 'breakthrough' of an emergent 'Modern Greek' literature, or merely a footnote to the Byzantine learned tradition? What, in particular, do they have to tell us about the collective self-definition of the Greek-speakers who wrote them (roughly during the period 1100-1600)? And how has their subsequent reception contributed to defining and consolidating the national identity of the Modern Greeks, since the nation state was established in the 1820s?The papers collected in this book explore the relation between literary texts and collective consciousness, scrutinizing the evidence of the texts themselves in their late- or post-Byzantine context, and assessing how their reception both influenced and was influenced by the processes of nation-building in Modern Greece.
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The papers collected in this book explore the relation between literary texts and collective consciousness, scrutinizing the evidence of texts themselves in their late- or post-Byzantine context, and assessing how their reception both influenced and was influenced by the processes of nation-building in modern Greece.
Table of Contents
Preface
Literature and Identity: 'De vulgari eloquentia' in 12th-century Byzantium
Antique nation? 'Hellenes' on the eve of Greek independence and in 12th-century Byzantium
Byzantine Epic and the Oral Tradition
Balladry in the medieval Greek world
Byzantine historiography and modern Greek oral poetry: the case of Rapsomatis
Was Digenes Akrites an oral poem?
Digenes Akrites and modern Greek folk song: a reassessment
An epic in the making? The early versions of Digenes Akrites
The Revival of Satire
Cappadocians at court
Digenes and Timarion
The rhetoric of poverty: the lives and opinions of Theodore Prodromos
Ptochoprodromos III: the ethopoeia of the unruly monk
The Byzantine Novel or 'Romance'
The Byzantine revival of the ancient novel
The world of fiction and the world 'out there': the case of the Byzantine novel
The poetics of the vernacular Greek romances and the 'chronotope' according to Bakhtin
Courtly romances in Byzantium: a case study in reception
Erotokritos and the history of the novel
Byzantine Literature and the Making of a Modern Greek National Consciousness
Koraes, Toynbee and the modern Greek heritage
Romanticism in Greece
La fortune de Digénis Akritis: de l'épopée médiévale au symbole du nationalisme grec
'Our glorious Byzantinism': Papatzonis, Seferis, and the rehabilitation of Byzantium in postwar Greek poetry
Index
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