W. Fitzgerald, Variety. The Life of a Roman Concept


William Fitzgerald, Variety. The Life of a Roman Concept, Chicago, 2016.

Éditeur : University of Chicago Press
272 pages
ISBN : 9780226299495
55 $

The idea of variety may seem too diffuse, obvious, or nebulous to be worth scrutinizing, but modern usage masks the rich history of the term. This book examines the meaning, value, and practice of variety from the vantage point of Latin literature and its reception and reveals the enduring importance of the concept up to the present day.
William Fitzgerald looks at the definition and use of the Latin term varietas and how it has played out in different works and with different authors. He shows that, starting with the Romans, variety has played a key role in our thinking about nature, rhetoric, creativity, pleasure, aesthetics, and empire. From the lyric to elegy and satire, the concept of variety has helped to characterize and distinguish different genres. Arguing that the ancient Roman ideas and controversies about the value of variety have had a significant afterlife up to our own time, Fitzgerald reveals how modern understandings of diversity and choice derive from what is ultimately an ancient concept.

Source : University of Chicago Press


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


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