'TOPOI' AND IDEAS: A NARRATOLOGICAL READING OF 'THE LEGEND OF ST ALEXIS'
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The article offers a narratological reading of 'The Legend of St Alexis'. The analysis reveals that the description of Alexis's life draws on the 'topoi' of the encomium and that the biographical 'topoi' fuse with conventions employed in the construction of traditional (epic) heroes as well as heroes of romance. Adapting to his didactic needs the patterns of medieval romance the author cut back the love plot and the adventure plot. At the same time he follows the high epic tradition. This is demonstrated by the initial invocation and a consistent application of the principle of 'decorum' in the shaping of the main character and a lofty style. Moreover, the fact that the story belongs to a remote past justifies the high tone of the narration.
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