n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - Telling tales in the of Apuleius

Volume 44, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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The narrative of the is enlivened by the insertion of tales, with a variety of narrators. The purpose of this article is to examine the interweaving of narrators and inserted tales with the main narrative narrated by Lucius, the role of the storyteller and relationships with audiences, not least being that of the reader. This technique of various narrators within the text raises concepts such as 'tale within a tale' and the 'audience within an audience', which contribute to the work's narrative style. The presentation of the tales as a performance deserves consideration, as many tales are presented for specific situations. Patterns emerge in the introducing and ending of tales which contribute to the interweaving texture of the tales and main narrative. A significant aspect of the tales' presentation is the use of authenticating devices to make the tales within the text more credible. The narrative is carefully constructed to accommodate these aspects which culminate in a demonstration of the narrative's full capacity.

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