C. P. Cavafy

C. P. Cavafy : The Economics of Metonymy

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&&LI&& Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} Konstantinos P. Kavafis--known to the English-reading world as C. P. Cavafy--has been internationally recognized as an important poet and attracted the admiration of eminent literary figures such as E. M. Forster, F. T. Marinetti, W. H. Auden, George Seferis, and James Merrill. Cavafy's idiosyncratic poetry remains one of the most influential and perplexing voices of European modernism. Focusing on Cavafy's intriguing work, this book navigates new territories in critical theory and offers an interdisciplinary study of the construction of (homo)erotic desire in poetry in terms of metonymic discourse and anti-economic libidinal modalities. Panagiotis Roilos shows that problematizations of art production, market economy, and trafficability of er\u00f4s in diverse late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century European sociocultural and political contexts were re-articulated in Cavafy's poetry in new subversive ways that promoted an \u0022unorthodox\u0022 discursive and libidinal anti-economy of jouissance.show more

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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 408.23g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0252034813
  • 9780252034817
  • 2,037,093

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About Panagiotis Roilos

Panagiotis Roilos is professor of modern Greek studies and of comparative literature at Harvard University and the author of Amphoteroglossia: A Poetics of the Twelfth-Century Medieval Greek Novel and other works.show more

Table of contents

Preface; Chapter 1 Poeticity in Crisis? Between Metaphor and Metonymy; Cavafy's "Prosaics"; From Metaphor to Allegory; Chapter 2 Metonymies; Shaping Meronomies; Ritual Poetics, Metonymy, and the Cult of Spectacle; The Metonymies of Eros; Cavafy and the Victorian Rediscovery of "Hellenic Love"; Risks/Desire/Contiguity; Ekphrasis and Homotextuality; Aposiopesis; Chapter 3 Economies; The Erotics of Economy; The Economics of Desire; Art and Economy; (Anti)economies of Jouissance; Techne's Own Pleasures; Toward a Numismatics of Value in Discourse; Tropes of Self-Expenditure; Flaneurie and Bodies of the Agora; Libidinal Networks: Prostitution and Social Mobility; Final Thoughts: The Limits of Mimesis and the Economics of Metonymy; Appendixes; Works Citedshow more