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The Interaction of Emotions in the Greek Novels

Michael Cummings


Massimo Fusillo has argued that one of the major features of psychology in the ancient Greek novels is the conflict of emotion. This paper will supplement Fusillo’s work by utilising Lakoff and Johnson’s theory of conceptual metaphor. It will maintain that emotions in the Greek novels are often conflicting, but also show that the metaphorical conceptualisation of emotions is integral to the depiction of this conflict. Furthermore it will show that there is an alternative model of emotion which does not necessitate conflict, an interactive one, which is as important for the understanding of emotion in the Greek novels as that of conflict.

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