The game of the name: onymity and the contract of reading in Lucian.
Ni Mheallaigh, K
Universitat de Barcelona. Publicacions i Edicions
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Lucian's use of various 'masks' or *personae* has been the subject of stimulating debate: some have seen his games as an exploration of his own cultural identity, or more generally, what it means to be Greek; others have interpreted it as Lucian's problematization of authorial identity - a play on anonymity, or a conscious distancing-technique. This article explores another aspect of Lucian's name-games: how Lucian manipulates onymity within the framework of make-believe, pushing the limits of the contract of fictionality between author and reader.
Ni Mheallaigh, K (2010) The game of the name: onymity and the contract of reading in Lucian, in Mestre, F. and P. Gómez (eds.) Lucian of Samosata: Greek writer and Roman citizen, pp. 83-94
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