R. J. Pogorzelski, Virgil and Joyce. Nationalism and Imperialism in the Aeneid and Ulysses


Randall J. Pogorzelski, Virgil and Joyce. Nationalism and Imperialism in the Aeneid and Ulysses, Madison, 2016.

Éditeur : University of Wisconsin Press
Collection : Wisconsin Studies in Classics
192 pages
ISBN : 978-0-299-30800-1
65 $

James Joyce's Ulysses is a modern version of Homer's Odyssey, but Joyce—who was a better scholar of Latin than of Greek—also was deeply influenced by the Aeneid, Virgil's epic poem about the journey of Aeneas and the foundation of Rome.
Joyce wrote Ulysses during the Irish War of Independence, when militants, politicians, and intellectuals were attempting to create a new Irish nation. Virgil wrote the Aeneid when, in the wake of decades of civil war, Augustus was founding what we now call the Roman Empire. Randall Pogorzelski applies modern theories of nationalism, intertextuality, and reception studies to illuminate how both writers confronted issues of nationalism, colonialism, political violence, and freedom during times of crisis.

Source : University of Wisconsin Press


R. Ferri et A. Zago (éd.), The Latin of the Grammarians


Rolando Ferri et Anna Zago (éd.), The Latin of the Grammarians. Reflections about Language in the Roman World, Turnhout, 2016.

Éditeur : Brepols
Collection : Corpus Christianorum. Lingua Patrum 8
453 pages
ISBN : 978-2-503-56627-6

What can Roman grammarians tell us about their language from a modern linguistic perspective? This book brings together scholars interested in Roman grammarians from a variety of areas, from manuscript research to modern sociolinguistics and the history of Latin. Their combined effort tries to elicit a wide-ranging, comparative picture of cutting edge research on Roman grammar, with special focus on the Roman grammarians' perception of linguistic change in Latin, sociopragmatic variation, and linguistic interference from Greek. Grammarians were not simply transmitters of rules: they also spoke the language of their times and were alert to social and pragmatic variations of usage, and at the same time reflected the formation of new Latin standards different from the language of the syllabus authors (Pompeius, Consentius, Medieval authors of artes grammaticae).

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L. Fulkerson et T. Stover (éd.), Repeat Performances Ovidian Repetition and the Metamorphoses


Laurel Fulkerson et Tim Stover (éd.), Repeat Performances Ovidian Repetition and the Metamorphoses, Madison, 2016.

Éditeur : University of Wisconsin Press
Collection : Wisconsin Studies in Classics
280 pages
ISBN : 978-0-299-30750-9
75 $

Although repetition is found in all ancient literary genres, it is especially pervasive in epic poetry. Ovid's Metamorphoses exploits this dimension of the epic genre to such an extent that past critics have faulted it as too filled with recycled themes and language. This volume seeks a deeper understanding of Ovidian repetitiveness in the context of new scholarship on intertextuality and intratextuality, examining the urposeful reuse of previous material and the effects produced by a text's repetitive gestures.
Uniting the essays is a shared vision of the possibilities of Latin epic poetry and a series of attempts to realize those possibilities. Some of the pieces fall into a traditional vein of allusion and intertextuality; others are more innovative in their approaches. Each, in a sense, stands as a placeholder for a methodology of theorizing the repetitive practices of poetry, of epic, and of Ovid in particular. All citations from Greek and Latin are translated into English, rendering the book accessible to scholars of literature beyond classical studies.

Source : University of Wisconsin Press


T. S. Berzon, Classifying Christians


Todd S. Berzon, Classifying Christians. Ethnography, Heresiology, and the Limits of Knowledge in Late Antiquity, Oakland, 2016.

Éditeur : University of California Press
95 $
ISBN : 9780520284265
320 pages

Classifying Christians investigates late antique Christian heresiologies as ethnographies that catalogued and detailed the origins, rituals, doctrines, and customs of the heretics in explicitly polemical and theological terms. Oscillating between ancient ethnographic evidence and contemporary ethnographic writing, Todd S. Berzon argues that late antique heresiology shares an underlying logic with classical ethnography in the ancient Mediterranean world. By providing an account of heresiological writing from the second to fifth century, Classifying Christians embeds heresiology within the historical development of imperial forms of knowledge that have shaped western culture from antiquity to the present.


Source : University of California Press


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