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Lecture 6

CLA260H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Catullus, Intertextuality, Historically Informed Performance

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Christian Campbell

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Intertextuality and History
July 20/12
Lulu’s Presentation - Hellenistic Intertextuality
ceoterics (new poets) - avoid old traditions. Compose short
Crated Latin Elegy - failed relationship with Lesbian
Verona Codex responsible for the majority of our knowledge on him
Obscene poetry
Catullus 64 is a mini-epic
Thetis and Peleus wedding
Hellenistic context
Meter-Dactylic Hexameter
Ecphrastic digression
Homeric simile
Lexical grecism
Alexandrian footnote
Callimachus - Heacle greatly influence Cattulus
deBrohun - Argauntica is not only a source of specific allusive reference by a model for 64
Beginning of 64 is an allusion to the 2nd poem of Agronomic
Suppression of Jason and Medea’s story
Chronological twists - Jason/Medea vs Theseus/ariadne
Catullus took over predecessors structure
Catullus speaks through his characters - merge his own feelings w/characters
Levels of interaction
Catullus interacting with Epiloneas, Epiloneas interacting with those before him
Direct vs indirect influence
To what extent does a readers knowledge of earlier poetry affect the poems reception?
Neoteric’s very intentional - so our fear of over-reading is often null
deBruhon is very structuralist
Ekrasas - when the poet pauses to go into detailed description of something (usually an object)
E.g. Achilles shield
Often engages beyond reality of what is able to describe
Joel’s Presentation - Odysseus and the Illad
Themes and motifs in homeric epics
Both oral traditions
Formulaic: repetition
Theme: repeated scenes
A type scene - a scene that is typical of certain event
Themes and patterns
Did scribe attend oral session and write everything own?
Audience mood affects length of epic - poet continually adapts
Oral prose changes - different themes and type scenes
Perhaps the poet was literate?
No notion of writing in the epics
Did homer exist?
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