Genres and Readers: Lucretius, Love Elegy, Pliny's Encyclopedia

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In this newly translated work, Italy's leading Latinist brings together five of his most stimulating essays on the convergence of poetics and philosophy in Latin literature. Writing on Lucretius's De rerum natura, Conte shows how reader-response criticism, genre theory, and literary history work together to illuminate a great poem. His study of Ovid's Remedia amoris broadens the definition of Ovidian irony to reveal the work as both the fullest culmination of the playful rhetoric of elegy and its inevitable end. ...
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In this newly translated work, Italy's leading Latinist brings together five of his most stimulating essays on the convergence of poetics and philosophy in Latin literature. Writing on Lucretius's De rerum natura, Conte shows how reader-response criticism, genre theory, and literary history work together to illuminate a great poem. His study of Ovid's Remedia amoris broadens the definition of Ovidian irony to reveal the work as both the fullest culmination of the playful rhetoric of elegy and its inevitable end. In an essay on the Encyclopedia of Pliny the Elder, Conte offers a lively and wide-ranging examination of the Roman mind and Roman views of the world-order. And in two final essays Conte addresses central issues in contemporary literary theory.
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Five essays written over a period of several years, two of which discuss methodologies of studying classical literary, while the others are introductions to the works of Lucretius, Ovid as a love poet, and Pliny the Elder. They reflect the growing centrality of the reader in analyzing literature. First published in Italian in 1991. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780801846793
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1988
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.79 (w) x 8.77 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Instructions for a Sublime Reader: Form of the Text and Form of the Addressee in Lucretius's De rerum natura 1
Love without Elegy: The Remedia amoris and the Logic of a Genre 35
The Inventory of the World: Form of Nature and Encyclopedic Project in the Work of Pliny the Elder 67
Genre between Empiricism and Theory 105
Concluding Remarks: "The Rhetoric of Imitation" as a Rhetoric of Culture 129
Notes 145
Index 179
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