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Is Narrative “The Description of Fictional Mental Functioning”? Heliodorus Against Palmer, Zunshine & Co

Grethlein, Jonas

In: Style, 49 (2015), Nr. 3. pp. 257-284

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This essay challenges concepts that consider the theory of mind to be key to our response to narrative from a historical perspective. Although the classical modern novel lends itself to the claims of Palmer, Zunshine, and others on account of its prominent consciousness presentation, the ancient novel as well as modern paralittérature cannot be adequately described as “the description of fictional mental functioning.” An exemplary reading of Heliodorus’ Ethiopica draws our attention to an aspect that is in danger of being downplayed in cognitive narratology, namely the temporal dynamics of narrative.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Style
Volume: 49
Number: 3
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2016 08:35
Date: 2015
Page Range: pp. 257-284
Faculties / Institutes: Philosophische Fakultät > Seminar für klassische Philologie
Subjects: 800 Literature and rhetoric
880 Hellenic literatures Classical Greek
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