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The Poetics of Late Latin Literature

ISBN : 9780199355631

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Author: 
Jas Elsner; Jesus Hernandez Lobato
Pages
544 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jan 2017
Series
Oxford Studies in Late Antiquity
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The aesthetic changes in late Roman literature speak to the foundations of modern Western culture. The dawn of a modern way of being in the world, one that most Europeans and Americans would recognize as closely ancestral to their own, is to be found not in the distant antiquity of Greece nor in the golden age of a Roman empire that spanned the Mediterranean, but more fundamentally in the original and problematic fusion of Greco-Roman culture with a new and unexpected foreign element-the arrival of Christianity as an exclusive state religion. For a host of reasons, traditionalist scholarship has failed to give a full and positive account of the formal, aesthetic and religious transformations of ancient poetics in Late Antiquity. The Poetics of Late Latin Literature attempts to capture the excitement and vibrancy of the living ancient tradition reinventing itself in a new context in the hands of a series of great Latin writers mainly from the fourth and fifth centuries AD. A series of the most distinguished expert voices in later Latin poetry as well as some of the most exciting new scholars have been specially commissioned to write new papers for this volume.

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List of Contributors
INTRODUCTION:
NOTES TOWARDS A POETICS OF LATE ANTIQUE LITERATURE
by Jas Elsner (University of Oxford)
and Jesus Hernandez Lobato (University of Salamanca)
1.
THE EXPLOSION OF FORM:
LATE ANTIQUE EXPERIMENTALISM
1. Michael Squire (King's College London): POP Art: The Optical Poetics of Publilius Optatianus Porfyrius
2. Franca Ela Consolino (University of L'Aquilla): Polymetry in Late Latin Poems: Some Observations on its Meaning and Functions
3. Isabella Gualandri (University of Milan): Words Pregnant with Meaning: the Power of Single Words in Late Latin Literature
2.
LATE ANTIQUE INTERTEXTUALITY
4. Helen Kaufmann (University of Oxford): Intertextuality in Late Latin Poetry
5. Ja? Elsner (University of Oxford): Caught in the Image: The Narcissus Cento and Late Latin Poetics
3.
PROGRAMMATIC REFLECTIONS:
A METALITERARY TWIST
6. Marco Formisano (University of Ghent): Displacing Tradition: A New-Allegorical Reading of Ausonius, Claudian and Rutilius Namatianus
7. Stephen Harrison (University of Oxford): Metapoetics in the Prefaces of Claudian's De Raptu Proserpinae
8. Scott McGill (Rice University): Rewriting Ausonius
9. Jesus Hernandez Lobato (University of Salamanca): To Speak or Not to Speak: The Birth of a 'Poetics of Silence' in Late Antique Literature
4.
LITERATURE AND POWER
10. Roger Rees (University of St Andrews): The Poetics of Latin Prose Praise and the Fourth Century Curve
11. Catherine Ware (University College Cork): The Lies the Poets Tell: Poetry in Prose Panegyrics
5.
A NEW LITERARY SPACE:
THE CHALLENGES OF CHRISTIAN POETRY
12. Michael Roberts (Wesleyan University): Lactantius' Phoenix and Late Latin Poetics
13. Marc Mastrangelo (Dickinson College): Early Christian Response to Platonist Poetics: Boethius, Prudentius, and the Poeta Theologus
14. Gillian Clark (University of Bristol): In Praise of the Wax Candle: Augustine the Poet and Late Latin Literature
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About the author: 

Jas Elsner is Humfrey Payne Senior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Visiting Professor of Art and Religion at the University of Chicago and Leverhulme Senior Research Keeper in the Empires of Faith project at the British Museum.; Jesus Hernandez Lobato is a Lecturer in Latin Language and Literature at the University of Salamanca, Spain.

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