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Generic Interfaces in Latin Literature

Encounters, Interactions and Transformations

Ed. by Papanghelis, Theodore D. / Harrison, Stephen J. / Frangoulidis, Stavros

Series:Trends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes 20

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    March 2013
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    Aims and Scope

    Neither older empiricist positions that genre is an abstract concept, useless for the study of individual works of literature, nor the recent (post) modern reluctance to subject literary production to any kind of classification seem to have stilled the discussion on the various aspects of genre in classical literature. Having moved from more or less essentialist and/or prescriptive positions towards a more dynamic conception of the generic model, research on genre is currently considering "pushing beyond the boundaries", "impurity", "instability", "enrichment" and "genre-bending". The aim of this volume is to raise questions of such generic mobility in Latin literature. The papers explore ways in which works assigned to a particular generic area play host to formal and substantive elements associated with different or even opposing genres; assess literary works which seem to challenge perceived generic norms; highlight, along the literary-historical, the ideological and political backgrounds to "dislocations" of the generic map.

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    x, 478 pages
    Type of Publication:
    Latin; Literature; Genre; Theory; Poetics

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    Theodore D. Papanghelis, Stavros Frangoulidis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; S.J. Harrison, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom


    "[...] this highly stimulating book, which will certainly be exploited not only by classicists but also by literary theorists."
    Bruna Pieri in: BMCR 2014.01.32

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