MATRICES OF GENRE

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Harvard University Press, Jun 30, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 368 pages
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The literary genres given shape by the writers of classical antiquity are central to our own thinking about the various forms literature takes. Examining those genres, the essays collected here focus on the concept and role of the author and the emergence of authorship out of performance in Greece and Rome. In a fruitful variety of ways the contributors to this volume address the questions: what generic rules were recognized and observed by the Greeks and Romans over the centuries; what competing schemes were there for classifying genres and accounting for literary change; and what role did authors play in maintaining and developing generic contexts? Their essays look at tragedy, epigram, hymns, rhapsodic poetry, history, comedy, bucolic poetry, prophecy, Augustan poetry, commentaries, didactic poetry, and works that mix genres. The contributors bring to this analysis a wide range of expertise; they are, in addition to the editors, Glenn W. Most, Joseph Day, Ian Rutherford, Deborah Boedeker, Eric Csapo, Marco Fantuzzi, Stephanie West, Alessandro Barchiesi, Ineke Sluiter, Don Fowler, and Stephen Hinds. The essays are drawn from a colloquium at Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
CHAPTER
15
CHAPTER
37
CHAPTER THREE
59
CHAPTER FOUR
84
CHAPTER FIVE
97
CHAPTER
115
CHAPTER SEVEN
135
CHAPTER NINE
167
CHAPTER
183
CHAPTER ELEVEN
205
CHAPTER TWELVE
227
NOTES
247
BIBLIOGRAPHY
305
CONTRIBUTORS
340
Copyright

CHAPTER EIGHT
153

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Mary Depew is Associate Professor of Classics, University of Iowa.

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