"IF ON A WINTER'S NIGHT A REVELLER": THE CLASSICAL INTERTEXT IN DONNA TARTT'S THE SECRET HISTORY (part 2)

Francois Pauw

Abstract


6.5 CLASSICAL AUTHORS AND TOPOI
Classical elements in Tartt's novel can frequently be identified via pointers such as:
discussions of classical authors or their works, comparisons between classical figures and
characters in the novel, or references to classical topoi in general. When an author is
implicitly alluded to without being identified, a grey area is entered where the reader has
to decide whether the context warrants a link between a vague allusion and an unidentified
author (cf. n.6).

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/40-1-507

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