Catullan Provocations: Lyric Poetry and the Drama of Position

Forsideomslag
University of California Press, 23. jan. 1996 - 319 sider
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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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INTRODUCTION
1
The Collection and Its Author
19
Catullus and the Reader The Erotics of Poetry
34
Obscenity Figures
59
Urbanity The Poetry of Exclusion
87
The Wronged Lover and the Poets Isolation
114
Gazing at the Golden Age Belatedness and Mastery in Catullus 64
140
The Ruse of the Victim Poems 10 and 11
169
The Death of a Brother Displacement and Expression
185
Between Men Catullan Literature
212
CONCLUSION
236
NOTES
241
BIBLIOGRAPHY
289
GENERAL INDEX
303
INDEX OF CATULLAN POEMS CITED
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William Fitzgerald is Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of California, San Diego.

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