CLA260H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Catullus, Intertextuality, Historically Informed Performance
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Intertextuality and History
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
•Catullus 64 is a mini-epic
•Thetis and Peleus wedding
•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
•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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