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Dirty Love: The Genealogy of the Ancient Greek Novel

Tim Whitmarsh


Where does the Greek novel come from? This book argues that whereas much of Greek literature was committed to a form of cultural purism, presenting itself as part of a continuous tradition reaching back to definitively Greek founding fathers, the novel revelled in cultural hybridity. The earliest Greek novelistic literature combined Greek and non-Greek traditions (or at least affected to combine them: it is often hard to tell how ‘authentic’ the non-Greek material is). More than this, however, it also often self-consciously explored its own hybridity by focusing on stories of cultural hybridis ... More

Keywords: Greek novel, novel, cultural identity, Judaism, Egyptian literature, Persian literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199742653
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199742653.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Whitmarsh, author
E.P. Warren Praelector and Tutorial Fellow in Greek, Corpus Christi College, Oxford