Classical Literary Careers and Their Reception

Classical Literary Careers and Their Reception


Edited by Philip Hardie, Edited by Helen Moore


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  • Format: Hardback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 230mm x 24mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 22 November 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521762979
  • ISBN 13: 9780521762977
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: 2 tables

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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.

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Author information

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 (in preparation). 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.

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.