Da Samosata a Oxford. Il Sogno di Luciano (e Thomas Hardy) tra biografia, finzione letteraria e parodia

Alessandro Iannucci

Abstract


This paper is an analysis of the prolalia of Lucian Somnium sive Vita Luciani. It is a common belief that the Somnium have an autobiographical nature in order to present a possible role model for society. But I believe that the literary function of this representation of a prolalia is rather to present a parody of the situation and therefore the antithesis of the role model concept. I support my hypothesis with several indications within the text and other works of Lucian, to show the autobiographical function in a polemic role. Ultimately the Somnium is compared with a Thomas Hardy novel Jude the Obscure, where the apparently autobiographical elements also have a satirical value and are exploited to differentiate between the author and the narrative portrayal

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15160/1826-803X/194

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