Table of contents for After antiquity : Greek language, myth, and metaphor / Margaret Alexiou.

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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
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
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
4   Weaving Pictures: The Interpenetration of Themes
and Images
5   Metamorphosis: Cyclical Images of Body and
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
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