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Narrative coherence in Digenes Akrites (G)

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Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Digenes Akrites; Byzantine narrative poetry; coherence structures; plot logic; medieval narratology
Description This article argues that coherence in medieval narratives was perceived differently than it is in modern literature, offering an analysis of coherence principles in Digenes Akrites which seem to have been more relevant for its original audiences. Drawing on contemporary narratology and recent research on comparable western works, the author does not search for one sole superordinate principle, but rather for so-called structures of mid-range coherence. The article contains some examples of such ‘centres of gravity’ – the schema, the scene, and the meaning – in the G version.
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