Catullan Provocations: Lyric Poetry and the Drama of Position

University of California Press, 28. apr. 2023 - 319 sider
Restoring to Catullus a provocative power that familiarity has tended to dim, this book argues that Catullus challenges us to think about the nature of lyric in new ways. Fitzgerald shows how Catullus's poetry reflects the conditions of its own consumption as it explores the terms and possibilities of the poet's license. Reading the poetry in relation to the drama of position played out between poet, poem, and reader, the author produces a fresh interpretation of almost all of Catullus's oeuvre. Running through the book is an analysis of the ideological stakes behind the construction of the author Catullus in twentieth-century scholarship and of the agenda governing the interpreter's position in relation to Catullus.

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The Collection and Its Author
Catullus and the Reader The Erotics of Poetry
Obscenity Figures
Urbanity The Poetry of Exclusion
The Wronged Lover and the Poets Isolation
Gazing at the Golden Age Belatedness and Mastery in Catullus 64
The Ruse of the Victim Poems 10 and 11
The Death of a Brother Displacement and Expression
Between Men Catullan Literature

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Side 22 - THE SCHOLARS BALD heads forgetful of their sins, Old, learned, respectable bald heads Edit and annotate the lines That young men, tossing on their beds, Rhymed out in love's despair To flatter beauty's ignorant ear. All shuffle there ; all cough in ink ; All wear the carpet with their shoes ; All think what other people think; All know the man their neighbour knows. Lord, what would they say Did their Catullus walk that way?

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William Fitzgerald is Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of California, San Diego.

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