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Metaphrasis in Byzantine Literature

Alwis, Anne P and Hinterberger, Martin and Schiffer, Elisabeth, eds. (2021) Metaphrasis in Byzantine Literature. Byzantioς. Studies in Byzantine History and Civilization . Brepols, Turnhout, Belgium, 179 pp. ISBN 978-2-503-59344-9. E-ISBN 978-2-503-59345-6. (doi:10.1484/M.SBHC-EB.5.122576) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:88795)

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Throughout the centuries, Byzantium's ambitious authors were conscious of the significance of literary registers for the reception of their texts. They deliberately made use of stylistic elements or refrained from using certain features in order to reach their target audience. There are certain groups of texts dating from various periods where these stylistic elements can be tracked precisely by comparison of two or even more versions with their model texts. Such examples of rewriting can be found particularly within genres with a broader audience appeal, namely hagiography and historiography. It is in both genres that we encounter metaphrastic processes, in terms of stylistic elaboration and in terms of stylistic simplification.

As well as stylistic reshaping, metaphrasis may also encompass the addition or removal of literary and/ or thematic aspects. All these processes signify intent as well as authorial interpretation. Frequently, the ideological orientation of a text is refurbished through rewriting. Teasing out these strands for exploration helps to supply a potential wealth of information on the author (if known), cultural (social, religious, historical) content, and creative ability, as well as levels of education and literacy.

Item Type: Edited book
DOI/Identification number: 10.1484/M.SBHC-EB.5.122576
Uncontrolled keywords: Rewriting, Style, Historiography, Hagiography, Authorship
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
D History General and Old World > DE The Greco-Roman World
P Language and Literature
P Language and Literature > PA Classical philology
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Anne Alwis
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2021 13:18 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2023 14:39 UTC
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