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Thursday, April 24, 2014


\an-ag-NAWR-uh-sis, -NOHR-\ , noun;
(in ancient Greek tragedy) the critical moment of recognition or discovery, especially preceding peripeteia.
In terms of anagnorisis, the mythic, tragic realisation that prophecies were correct is only really the case for fictional characters, yet it is a continually attractive idea for those of us who know that our lives don't have a plot.
-- Alice Bennett, Afterlife and Narrative in Contemporary Fiction, 2012
Tragedy and comedy both deal in errors of perception and their unveiling, a device known since the Greeks as anagnorisis.
-- David Bellos, Jacques Tati, 1999
Anagnorisis comes from the Greek word anagnōrí(zein) which meant "to know again." This concept is discussed in Aristotle's Poetics.
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