Novel Saints. Studies in Ancient Fiction and Hagiography

The novel is today the most popular literary genre worldwide. Its early history has not been written yet. The research team Novel Saints aims to enhance our understanding of this history (both conceptually and cross-culturally) by studying both the (Latin and Greek) novel in antiquity and its reception in later periods. Interests of a number of team members currently converge in particular on late antique and early medieval hagiographical narrative traditions. This period constitutes a blind spot on the radar of scholars working on the history of the novel, who conceptualize it, much to the detriment of the study of narrative in subsequent periods, as an ‘empty’ interim period between the latest ancient representatives of the genre (ca. 3rd-4th cent.) and its re-emergence in 11th/12th-century Byzantium and 11th-century Persia. Methodologically, the team combines insights from both ancient and modern rhetorical and literary theories.

Quelle der Beschreibung: Information des Anbieters


Roman, Literatur der Antike (bis 5. Jh. n. Chr.), Literatur des Mittelalters (6.-13. Jh.)




Ghent University (UGent)
Research Group "Novel Saints. Studies in Ancient Fiction and Hagiography"

Verknüpfte Ressourcen


Department of Literary Studies, Ghent University

Stellen, Stipendien

Two fully-funded ERC PhD studentships (4 years each), ERC project "Novel Echoes. Ancient novelistic receptions and concepts of fiction in late antique and medieval secular narrative from East to West", Ghent University; Two postdoctoral positions and one research assistant post, ERC-project "Novel Echoes. Ancient Novelistic Receptions and Concepts of Fiction in Late Antique and Medieval Secular Narrative from East to West", Ghent University
Datum der Veröffentlichung: 17.06.2019
Letzte Änderung: 17.06.2019