Marginality, Canonicity, Passion

ISBN : 9780198818489

Marco Formisano; Christina Shuttleworth Kraus
384 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Jun 2018
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The establishment of reception studies has had profound implications for the discipline of Classics, not least for the objects of classical study themselves. By definition, reception studies are uninterested in texts which have had no 'success', and while canonical texts tend to have an extensive reception history, works with a less robust Nachleben are left marginalized: canonicity becomes an implicit unspoken criterion of value. This volume examines the academic study of Classics from the perspectives of marginality, canonicity, and passion, exploring how the classical canon is shaped by its reception in different academic and cultural environments and unveiling the many subtle implications for the past and future development of the discipline.


List of Illustrations and Tables
Note on Abbreviations
List of Contributors
1 Introduction
Marco Formisano: I. Marginality and the Classics: Exemplary Extraneousness
Christina Shuttleworth Kraus: II. Overview of this Volume
2 John T. Hamilton: Before Discipline: Philology and the Horizon of Sense in Quignard's Sur le jadis
3 Constanze Guthenke and Brooke Holmes: Hyper-Inclusivity, Hyper-Canonicity, and the Future of the Field
4 John Oksanish: The Elusive Middle: Vitruvius' Mediocracy of Virtue
5 Carmela Vircillo Franklin: Theodore Mommsen, Louis Duchesne, and the Liber pontificalis: Classical Philology and Medieval Latin Texts
6 Giulia Sissa: Bulls and Deer, Women and Warriors: Aristotle's Physics of Morals
7 Marco Fantuzzi: On the Alleged Bastardy of Rhesus: Errant Orphan of Unknown Paternity or Child of Many Genres?
8 Reviel Netz: The Greek Canon: A Few Data, Observations, Limits
9 James I. Porter: Homer in the Gutter: From Samuel Butler to the Second Sophistic and Back Again
10 Scott McGill: Minus opus moveo: Verse Summaries of Virgil in the Anthologia Latina
11 Lowell Edmunds: Minor Roman Poetry in the Discipline and in the Profession of Classics
12 Joy Connolly: The Space between Subjects
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About the author: 

Marco Formisano is Professor of Latin Literature at Ghent University, Belgium, and was previously a Lecturer at the Humboldt-University in Berlin. His research focuses particularly on the literature of late antiquity, both poetry and prose, as well as ancient literature of knowledge and its tradition (in particular the art of war), martyr acts, Latin panegyric, and masochism and literature. He is currently working on two monographs - Unlearning the Classics: Studies on Late Latin Textuality and The Furred Venus: Masochism and Latin Literature - and is also editor of the series 'The Library of the Other Antiquity' (Universitatsverlag Winter, Heidelberg), which is devoted to the literature of late antiquity and its reception.; After receiving her BA from Princeton and her PhD from Harvard, Christina Shuttleworth Kraus taught at New York University, University College London, and the University of Oxford before joining Yale University in the summer of 2004, where she is currently the Thomas A. Thacher Professor of Latin. Her research focuses on ancient historiography, Latin prose style, and the theory and practice of commentaries, and her publications include the edited collections Classical Commentaries: Explorations in a Scholarly Genre (with Christopher Stray; OUP, 2016) and Ancient Historiography and its Contexts: Studies in Honour of A. J. Woodman (with John Marincola and Christopher Pelling; OUP, 2010).

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