Imagination and Logos: Essays on C. P. Cavafy

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This book explores diverse but complementary interdisciplinary approaches to the poetics, intertexts, and influence of the work of C. P. Cavafy (Konstantinos Kavafis), one of the most important twentieth-century European poets. Written by leading international scholars in a number of disciplines (critical theory, gender studies, comparative literature, English studies, Greek studies, anthropology, classics), the essays of this volume situate Cavafy’s poetry within the broader contexts of modernism and ...

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This book explores diverse but complementary interdisciplinary approaches to the poetics, intertexts, and influence of the work of C. P. Cavafy (Konstantinos Kavafis), one of the most important twentieth-century European poets. Written by leading international scholars in a number of disciplines (critical theory, gender studies, comparative literature, English studies, Greek studies, anthropology, classics), the essays of this volume situate Cavafy’s poetry within the broader contexts of modernism and aestheticism and investigate its complex and innovative responses to European literary traditions (from Greek antiquity to modernity) as well as its multifaceted impact on major figures of world literature—from North America to South Africa.

Contributors include Eve Sedgwick, Helen Vendler, Dimitrios Yatromanolakis, Richard Dellamora, Mark Doty, James Faubion, Diana Haas, John Chioles, Edmund Keeley, Albert Henrichs, Kathleen Coleman, Gregory Nagy, Michael Paschalis, Peter Jeffreys, Diskin Clay, and Panagiotis Roilos.

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The cross-disciplinary nature of the collection is its most enticing quality; it presents concerns from sociocultural, historical, anthropological, prosodic, theoretical, and philosophical perspectives.
— M. F. McClure

Choice - M. F. McClure
The cross-disciplinary nature of the collection is its most enticing quality; it presents concerns from sociocultural, historical, anthropological, prosodic, theoretical, and philosophical perspectives.
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Panagiotis Roilos is George Seferis Professor of Modern Greek Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University.

Eve Sedgwick was Distinguished Professor of English at City University of New York.

Helen Vendler is A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard University.

Dimitrios Yatromanolakis is a former Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University and a recipient of the Berlin Prize.

John Chioles is Professor of Comparative Literature Emeritus at New York University.

Albert Henrichs is Eliot Professor of Greek Literature at Harvard University.

Kathleen M. Coleman is James Loeb Professor of the Classics at Harvard University.

Peter Jeffreys is Assistant Professor of English at Suffolk University

Panagiotis Roilos is George Seferis Professor of Modern Greek Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Dimitrios Yatromanolakis Yatromanolakis, Dimitrios

Preface

1 "Cavafy, Proust, and the Queer Little Gods" Eve Kosofsky Sedgwickt Sedgwickt, Eve Kosofsky 1

2 "In Passing: Cavafy's Ontology of the Emotions and the Throretico-poetics of Liminalism" James D. Faubion Faubion, James D. 20

3 "Losing the Marbles: James Merrill on Greece" Helen Vendler Vendler, Helen 51

4 "The Numismatics of Poiesis: Art, Money, and Authority in Ezra Pound and C.P. Cavafy" Dimitrios Yatromanolakis Yatromanolakis, Dimitrios 71

5 "Who Abandons Whom? Intertexual and Cultural Disconnects in Cavafy's áThe God is Leaving Antony'" Albert Henrichs Henrichs, Albert 91

6 "C.P. Cavafy and Douglas Livingstone: An African Legacy" Kathleen Coleman Coleman, Kathleen 107

7 "Greek Desire and Modern Sexualities" Richard Dellamora Dellamora, Richard 121

8 "Cavafy's Rooms" Mark Doty Doty, Mark 143

9 "Cavafy's áIliadic' Poems" Michael Paschalis Paschalis, Michael 153

10 "Stoicism, Skepticism, and the Unhappy Consciousness in the Poetry of Cavafy" John Chioles Chioles, John 173

11 "Performing in Prose: Cavafy's φεζα and the Problematics of Style" Peter Jeffreys Jeffreys, Peter 193

12 "The Seduction of the áReal': Personification and Mimesis in C.P. Cavafy" Panagiotis Roilos Roilos, Panagiotis 219

13 "Around the Revisions of Cavafy's áΣ' ενα βιβλιo παληo-(áIn an Old Book-'; 1922-1929)" Diana Haas Haas, Diana 245

Appendix: Two Notes on C.P. Cavafy

"Poetics of Fragmentation in the Athyr Poem of C.P. Cavafy" Gregory Nagy Nagy, Gregory 265

"Cavafy's Greece" Diskin Clay Clay, Diskin 273

Index 285

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