The fictional life. A narratological-rhetorical approach to characterization and fictionality in the Greek biographers in the imperial period

01 October 2008 → 30 September 2014
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • History
    • Language studies
    • Literary studies
    • Theory and methodology of language studies
    • Theory and methodology of linguistics
    • Theory and methodology of literary studies
    • Other languages and literary studies
narratology fiction characterization rhetoric biography
Project description

This research project aims at a formal description of fictionality in ancient sophists' and philosophers' biographies (that is, non-fiction with clearly fictional characteristics) from the imperial period (1st-4th cent. AD). Therefore it develops a narratological-rhetorical analysis of character construction. This project enhances our understanding of the formal specificity of fictional and non-fictional narrative literature.