2 NOVELISTIC DISCOURSE IN ARISTOPHANES

Charles Platter

 

[…] the style of the novel is to be found in the combination of its styles; the language of the novel is the system of its “languages”. (DN, 262)

 

The problem of ancient novelistic prose is extremely complex. The embryonic beginnings of authentic double-voiced and double-languaged prose did not in ancient times always achieve the status of the novel, as a definite compositional and thematic structure. For the most part novelistic prose flourished in other generic formats: in realistic novellas, in satires, in some biographical and autobiographical forms, and in certain purely rhetorical genres […] in historical, and finally, in epistolary genres. In all of these forms the germs of novelistic ...

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