The Production of Space in Latin Literature

ISBN : 9780198768098

William Fitzgerald; Efrossini Spentzou
304 ページ
138 x 216 mm

Recent decades have seen a marked shift in approaches to cultural analysis with the advent of the 'spatial turn' in the humanities and social sciences. This volume applies the insights and approaches of this paradigm to Roman engagement with space, exploring its representation and manipulation in Latin literature: the terrain covered by the contributions is broad, both temporally and in terms of genre, and together they offer a detailed exploration of Roman engagement with space, the ideological stakes of this engagement, and its intersections with empire, urbanism, identity, ethics, exile, and history.


Frontmatter; List of Contributors; 0 William Fitzgerald and Efrossini Spentzou: Introduction; 1 Efrossini Spentzou: Propertius' Aberrant Itineraries: Fleeting Moments in the Eternal City; 2 Diana Spencer: Varro's Roman Ways: Metastasis and Etymology; 3 Jared Hudson: Obviam: The Space of Vehiculation in Latin Literature; 4 David H. J. Larmour: Juvenal in the Specular City; 5 Maxine Lewis: Gender, Geography, and Genre: Catullus' Constructions of Lesbia in Space and Time; 6 William Fitzgerald: The Space of the Poem: Imperial Trajectories in Catullus and Horace; 7 Catharine Edwards: On Not Being in Rome: Exile and Displacement in Seneca's Prose; 8 Therese Fuhrer: Carthage Rome Milan: 'Lieux de passage' in Augustine's Confessions; 9 Shreyaa Bhatt: Exiled in Rome: The Writing of Other Spaces in Tacitus' Annales; 10 Richard Alston: The Utopian City in Tacitus' Agricola; 11 Victoria Rimell: Rome's Dire Straits: Claustrophobic Seas and imperium sine fundo; Endmatter; Index


After taking a BA in Classics at Oxford (1974) and a PhD in Comparative Literature at Princeton (1980), William Fitzgerald taught for 23 years in the US, at the University of California, San Diego and Berkeley. He returned to the UK in 2003 and taught at Cambridge University until 2007, when he became Professor of Latin Language and Literature at King's College London. He has published books and articles on Latin literature, especially poetry, and on classical reception.; Efrossini (Efi) Spentzou studied first for a degree in Philology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, graduating in 1991, before coming to Oxford to study for an MSt and then a PhD in Classics. She was appointed to Royal Holloway in 2000 where she is now Reader in Latin Literature and Classical Reception. She has published on Latin poetry, notably Ovid, the literature and culture of the late first century AD, and on classical reception; her work focuses on the interfaces between literary theory and Classics.