Catullan Provocations

Catullan Provocations

Lyric Poetry and the Drama of Position

eBook - 1995
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Fitzgerald (classics and comparative literature, U. of California-San Diego) reinterprets the lyrics of the first- century Roman by emphasizing Catullus' awareness and manipulation of the relative positions of the poet, the poem, and the reader. He explores such aspects as the erotics of poetry, obscenity, urbanity, the wronged lover, the golden age, and the death of a brother. Does not assume a knowledge of Latin. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

University of California Press
Restoring to Catullus a provocative power that familiarity has tended to dim, this book argues that Catullus challenges us to think about the nature of lyric in new ways. Fitzgerald shows how Catullus's poetry reflects the conditions of its own consumption as it explores the terms and possibilities of the poet's license. Reading the poetry in relation to the drama of position played out between poet, poem, and reader, the author produces a fresh interpretation of almost all of Catullus's oeuvre. Running through the book is an analysis of the ideological stakes behind the construction of the author Catullus in twentieth-century scholarship and of the agenda governing the interpreter's position in relation to Catullus.

Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c1995
ISBN: 9780585153384
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 310 p.)


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