Subjecting Verses: Latin Love Elegy and the Emergence of the Real / Edition 1

Subjecting Verses: Latin Love Elegy and the Emergence of the Real / Edition 1

by Paul Allen Miller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691096740

ISBN-13: 9780691096742

Pub. Date: 11/03/2003

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The elegy flared into existence, commanded the cultural stage for several decades, then went extinct. This book accounts for the swift rise and sudden decline of a genre whose life span was incredibly brief relative to its impact. Examining every major poet from Catullus to Ovid, Subjecting Verses presents the first comprehensive history of Latin erotic

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The elegy flared into existence, commanded the cultural stage for several decades, then went extinct. This book accounts for the swift rise and sudden decline of a genre whose life span was incredibly brief relative to its impact. Examining every major poet from Catullus to Ovid, Subjecting Verses presents the first comprehensive history of Latin erotic elegy since Georg Luck's.

Paul Allen Miller harmoniously weds close readings of the poetry with insights from theoreticians as diverse as Jameson, Foucault, Lacan, and Zizek. In welcome contrast to previous, thematic studies of elegy—efforts that have become bogged down in determining whether particular themes and poets were pro- or anti-Augustan—Miller offers a new, "symptomatic" history. He asks two obvious but rarely posed questions: what historical conditions were necessary to produce elegy, and what provoked its decline? Ultimately, he argues that elegiac poetry arose from a fundamental split in the nature of subjectivity that occurred in the late first century—a split symptomatic of the historical changes taking place at the time.

Subjecting Verses is a major interpretive feat whose influence will reach across classics and literary studies. Linking the rise of elegy with changes in how Romans imagined themselves within a rapidly changing society, it offers a new model of literary theory that neither reduces the poems to a reflection of their context nor examines them in a vacuum.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691096742
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/03/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.04(d)

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ix

CHAPTER ONE

Toward a New History of Genre:Elegy and the Real 1

CHAPTER TWO

The Catullan Sublime,Elegy, and the Emergence of the Real 31

CHAPTER THREE

Cynthia as Symptom: Propertius, Gallus, and the Boys 60

CHAPTER FOUR

"He Do the Police in Different Voices": The Tibullan Dream Text 95

CHAPTER FIVE

Why Propertius Is a Woman 130

CHAPTER SIX

Deconstructing the Vir: Lawand the Other in the Amores 160

CHAPTER SEVEN

Displacing the Subject, Saving the Text 184

CHAPTER EIGHT

Between the Two Deaths: Technologies of the Self in Ovid's Exilic Poetry 210

NOTES 237

BIBLIOGRAPHY 277

INDEX LOCORUM 303

GENERAL INDEX 307

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