According to Aristotle, a well-crafted recognition scene is one of
the basic constituents of a successful narrative. It is the point
when hidden facts and identities come to light-in the classic
instance, a son discovers in horror that his wife is his mother and
his children are his siblings. Aristotle coined the term
'anagnorisis' for the concept. In this book Philip F. Kennedy shows
how 'recognition' is key to an understanding of how one reads
values and meaning into, or out of, a story. He analyses texts and
motifs fundamental to the Arabic literary tradition in five case
studies: the Qur'an; the biography of Muhammad; Joseph in classical
and medieval re-tellings; the 'deliverance from adversity' genre
and picaresque narratives. Part of the Edinburgh Studies in
Classical Arabic Literature."
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