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Introduction: Forward to the Past 1 Aims and Scope 2 Some Preliminary Definitions 3 The "Continuity Question" Revisited: Old Debates and New Approaches PART I. LANGUAGE Chapter 1. Greek Polyglossia: Historical Perspectives 1 Distinctive Features of the Greek Language 2 Diversity and Change: From Ancient Greek to Koine 3 Conflicts of Language and Style in the Byzantine Period 4 The Emergence of Dialect Literature: Cyprus and Crete 5 Forms of Greek in the Ottoman Period 6 After National Independence: Struggles for Hegemony 7 From "Diglossia" to "Standard Modern Greek"? Chapter 2. The New Testament and Its Legacy 1 Voices from the Past 2 The New Testament 3 The Ermergence of a Byzantine Genre: The Kontakion and Roumanos 4 Precursors and Precedents 5 Romamros' Kontakia On the Nativity and On tle Resurrection Chapter 3. Ncnliterary Genres: Some Private and Public Voices 1 Writing Home 2 Of Purple Pants and Chamber Pots: The Imperial Baggage: Train 3 Fragments of a Byzantine Tradition of Oral Song? Chapter 4. New Departures in the Twelfth Century 1 Texts amd Contexts 2 The Timnarion 3 Eros and the "Constraints of Desire" in Hysmine and Hyssninias 4 Prodrornos and the Politics of Hunger PART II. MYTH Chapter 5. The Diversity of Mythical Genres 1 From Speech Genres to Mythical Genres? 2 What Is, Myth? 3 Linking Past and Present: Myth and History 4 Averting Danger: Myth, Ritual, and Religion 5 Dialogic Ethics: Parables and Fables, Proverbs and Riddles 6 Songs and Tales: Myth and Fantasy 7 From Myth to Literature 8 How Do Myths Mean? 9 The Nereid "Kalypso" Chapter 6. Myth in Song 1 Ideology and Folklore: Greek Songs and European Models 2 The Greek Canon, the Ballad, and the Muses 3 Toward New Approaches? 4 Form and Structure: Melody and Narrative 5 Focal Conflicts: Life beyond the Grave Chapter 7. Magic Cydes in the Wondertales 1 The Cirderella of Greek Folklore? 2 Spinning Yarns and Narrative Contingency 3 Teasers, Twisters, and Movers: Metanarrative and Paranarrative 4 Weaving Pictures: The Interpenetration of Themes and Images 5 Metamorphosis: Cyclical Images of Body and Cosmos 6 Cosmology and Morality 7 The Tree of Life and the Cosmic Cycle 8 Concluding Comments Chapter 8. Between Worlds: From Myth to Fiction 1 The Greek Novel, c. I830-1880 2 Paralogic Fiction: The Case of Georgios Vizyenos 3 Ethnicity and Sanity 4 Antithesis as a Strategy of Reading/Writing 5 Ekphrasis: Between Time and Place 6 Coda: After Vizyenos PART III. METAPHOR Chapter 9. The Resources of Ritual 1 Ritual and Metaphor 2 Contextualizing Ritual: Everyday Life 3 Autistic Rituals 4 Ritual and Reciprocity 5 Rituals of the Life Cycle: Separation, Transition, and Integration 6 Greek Texts: Resources of the Past Chapter 10. Metaphors in Songs of the Life Cycle 1 Journey 2 Clothes and Gems 3 Hair 4 The Garden of Love 5 Dangerous Spaces: Hunting and Hunted 6 Burning and Withering 7 Tears and Poison, Blood and Water 8 Plants and Fruits of the Earth 9 Hunting Birds 10 The Tree of Love and Life 11 I What Is Love? 12 Who Is Speaking? Conclusion: Backward to the Present