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Classical Literary Careers and their Reception


Philip Hardie, Helen Moore, Michael C. J. Putnam, Stephen Harrison, Alessandro Barchiesi, S. J. Heyworth, Catherine Keane, Roy Gibson, Catherine Steel, Andrew Laird, Patrick Cheney, Maggie Kilgour, Nita Krevans, Stuart Gillespie, Nigel Smith, Raphael Lyne, Joseph Farrell, Nicola Trott, Lawrence Lipking
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  • Date Published: February 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107500037

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  • This is a wide-ranging collection of essays on ancient Roman literary careers and their reception in later European literature, with contributions by leading experts. Starting from the three major Roman models for constructing a literary career - Virgil (the rota Vergiliana), Horace and Ovid - the volume then looks at alternative and counter-models in antiquity: Propertius, Juvenal, Cicero and Pliny. A range of post-antique responses to the ancient patterns is examined, from Dante to Wordsworth, and including Petrarch, Shakespeare, Milton, Marvell, Dryden and Goethe. These chapters pose the question of the continuing relevance of ancient career models as ideas of authorship change over the centuries, leading to varying engagements and disengagements with classical literary careers. The volume also considers other ways of concluding or extending a literary career, such as bookburning and figurative metempsychosis.

    • Provides an extended view of ancient Roman literary careers and their post-antique reception
    • Includes substantial treatment of both ancient, early modern and modern authors
    • Translates all Latin in the main text
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    '… one of the best features of the collection is the editors' decision to extend the chronological focus … This collection is especially interesting as, in addition to the chapters on Latin poetry, there are substantial discussions of Dante, Petrarch, Shakespeare, Milton, Marvell, Dryden, Goethe, and Wordsworth.' Stephen Guy-Bray, Comparative Literature Studies

    '… the Roman writers included here are discussed in a most interesting way … all these articles can be described as offering professionally, yet also entertainingly formulated views on the discussed writer's careers and show how models from classical literature were interpreted and in many cases reinvented.' Tiina Purola, Arctos

    'This volume fruitfully applies to aspects of Latin literature and its reception the goals and techniques of 'career criticism', that emergent branch of literary study which asks how a writer's oeuvre shapes or perceives itself as a totality, be it prospectively, concurrently or in retrospect, and whether in relation to its own internal stages of development or in relation to the extra textual circumstances of its production … a welcome, and very significant, expansion of career studies as a method for Roman literary history, not least because it will doubtless provoke further research in this rich area.' Gareth Williams, The Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107500037
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. Literary careers: classical models and their receptions Philip Hardie and Helen Moore
    1. Some Virgilian unities Michael C. J. Putnam
    2. There and back again: Horace's poetic career Stephen Harrison
    3. The Ovidian career model: Ovid, Gallus, Apuleius, Boccaccio Alessandro Barchiesi and Philip Hardie
    4. An elegist's career: from Cynthia to Cornelia S. J. Heyworth
    5. Persona and satiric career in Juvenal Catherine Keane
    6. The indistinct literary careers of Cicero and Pliny the Younger Roy Gibson and Catherine Steel
    7. Re-inventing Virgil's wheel: the poet and his work from Dante to Petrarch Andrew Laird
    8. Did Shakespeare have a literary career? Patrick Cheney
    9. New spins on old rotas: Virgil, Ovid, Milton Maggie Kilgour
    10. Bookburning and the poetic deathbed: the legacy of Virgil Nita Krevans
    11. Literary afterlives: metempsychosis from Ennius to Jorge Luis Borges Stuart Gillespie
    12. 'Mirrored doubles': Andrew Marvell, the remaking of poetry and the poet's career Nigel Smith
    13. Dryden and the complete career Raphael Lyne
    14. Goethe's elegiac sabbatical Joseph Farrell
    15. Wordsworth's career prospects: 'peculiar language' and public epigraphs Nicola Trott
    16. Epilogue. Inventing a life: a personal view of literary careers Lawrence Lipking.

  • Editors

    Philip Hardie, Trinity College, Cambridge
    Philip Hardie is a Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, and Honorary Professor of Latin Literature at the University of Cambridge. He is a leading figure in Latin literary studies, a Fellow of the British Academy, and author of books on Virgil, Ovid and other Latin poets. He also has strong interests in the Renaissance reception of classical literature, and is co-editor (with Patrick Cheney) of the Renaissance volume in The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature 2012).

    Helen Moore, University of Oxford
    Helen Moore is a University Lecturer in English at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College. She has published editions of Amadis de Gaule (2004) and Guy of Warwick (2007), and is currently working on a book on the English reception of Amadis de Gaule.


    Philip Hardie, Helen Moore, Michael C. J. Putnam, Stephen Harrison, Alessandro Barchiesi, S. J. Heyworth, Catherine Keane, Roy Gibson, Catherine Steel, Andrew Laird, Patrick Cheney, Maggie Kilgour, Nita Krevans, Stuart Gillespie, Nigel Smith, Raphael Lyne, Joseph Farrell, Nicola Trott, Lawrence Lipking

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