research product . 2015

Deconstructing the narrative, constructing a meaning: Why was the Alexiad written?

Vilimonović Larisa;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: Zbornik radova Vizantoloskog instituta
  • Country: Serbia
Abstract
In the present article I offer a narratological approach to Byzantine historiography and an aim to elucidate the key elements of narrative theory that would be useful for investigating medieval Byzantine histories and their complex narrative structures. The focus is put on the key narratological aspects - genre, author, text and the audience - as those elements represent the core of literary criticism and contemporary studies of Byzantine literature. Through useful examples from the Alexiad, I intend to show how this theoretical vehicle functions and I hope to open a new field of scholarly communication on the matter of approach towards Byzantine historiography.
Subjects
free text keywords: Alexiad, history, genre, narrative theory, narratology, Anna Komnene, audience
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