Allusion and Intertext: Dynamics of Appropriation in Roman Poetry

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 29, 1998 - History - 155 pages
The study of the deliberate allusion by one author to the words of a previous author has long been central to Latin philology. However, literary Romanists have been diffident about situating such work within the more spacious inquiries into intertextuality now current. This 1998 book represents an attempt to find (or recover) some space for the study of allusion - as a project of continuing vitality - within an excitingly enlarged universe of intertexts. It combines traditional classical approaches with modern literary-theoretical ways of thinking, and offers attentive close readings, innovative perspectives on literary history, and theoretical sophistication of argument. Like other volumes in the series it is among the most broadly conceived short books on Roman literature to be published in recent years.

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Reflexivity allusion and selfannotation
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Interpretability beyond philological fundamentalism
17
Diachrony literary history and its narratives
52
Repetition and change
99
Tradition and selffashioning
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