Intertextuality and the Reading of Roman Poetryby 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 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.
With separate chapters on author, persona, text, reader, addressee, and the ancient Roman reader, and with discussion of the terminology as well as the theory of intertextuality, Edmunds offers a critical, exhaustive, and systematic review of current debates in the study of Roman poetry.
About the Author:
Lowell Edmunds is a professor of classics at Rutgers University. His many books include Approaches to Greek Myth and Poet, Public, and Performance in Ancient Greece, both available from Johns Hopkins.
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- Johns Hopkins University Press
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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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Lowell Edmunds is a professor of classics at Rutgers University. His many books include Approaches to Greek Myth; Oedipus: The Ancient Legend and Its Later Analogues; and Poet, Public, and Performance in Ancient Greece all available in paperback from Johns Hopkins.
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