Intertextuality and the Reading of Roman Poetry

Intertextuality and the Reading of Roman Poetry

by Lowell Edmunds
     
 

How can we explain the process by which a literary text refers to another text? For the past decade and a half, intertextuality has been a central concern of scholars and readers of Roman poetry. In Intertextuality and the Reading of Roman Poetry, Lowell Edmunds proceeds from such fundamental concepts as "author," "text," and "reader," which he then applies to… See more details below

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How can we explain the process by which a literary text refers to another text? For the past decade and a half, intertextuality has been a central concern of scholars and readers of Roman poetry. In Intertextuality and the Reading of Roman Poetry, Lowell Edmunds proceeds from such fundamental concepts as "author," "text," and "reader," which he then applies to passages from Vergil, Horace, Ovid, and Catullus. Edmunds combines close readings of poems with analysis of recent theoretical models to argue that allusion has no linguistic or semiotic basis: there is nothing in addition to the alluding words that causes the allusion or the reference to be made. Intertextuality is a matter of reading.

Editorial Reviews

Religious Studies Review
Studded with striking observations and suggestive formulations.

— Charles Platter

Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Lowell Edmunds has written a book that provides what is expected and appreciated in a theoretical study: the scholarship is extensive and well organized into arguments which are themselves descriptive, provocative, challenging, and supported by a close reading of a variety of selections from Catullus, Horace, Vergil, and Ovid.

— David J. Kuyat

Classical World
For the graduate student and for the consenting Latinist, this is a book which enters a debate with verve and commitment that should provoke yet further discussion.

— Simon Goldhill

Booknews
Intertextuality describes the process by which a literary text refers to another text. In this volume, the theories of intertextuality and readership are applied to passages from the poems of Vergil, Horace, Ovid, and Catullus. Individual chapters discuss author, persona, text, reader, addressee, and the ancient Roman reader. Edmunds (classics, Rutgers U.) also analyzes recent theoretical models to argue that allusion has no linguistic or semiotic basis but is purely a matter of reading. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Religious Studies Review - Charles Platter

Studded with striking observations and suggestive formulations.

Bryn Mawr Classical Review - David J. Kuyat

Lowell Edmunds has written a book that provides what is expected and appreciated in a theoretical study: the scholarship is extensive and well organized into arguments which are themselves descriptive, provocative, challenging, and supported by a close reading of a variety of selections from Catullus, Horace, Vergil, and Ovid.

Classical World - Simon Goldhill

For the graduate student and for the consenting Latinist, this is a book which enters a debate with verve and commitment that should provoke yet further discussion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801865114
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Ralph Hexter

An original and bold application of theories of intertextuality and readership to Roman poetry. Edmunds solidly engages a vast array of scholarship and criticism, in English, Italian, French, and German.

Ralph Hexter, University of California, Berkeley

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