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Lecture 6

Lecture 6 - Intertextuality

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Christian Campbell

CLA260H1S 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 ofAgronomic • 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 • Atype 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? CLA260H1S Intertextuality and History July 20/12 • Maybe he dictated the final adaptation we have today History • Aholistic approach to the ancient world • Study of history is integral to field of classics • You must be historically informed; otherwise you will not appreciate nuances Why do classicists need to study history? • Understanding of all aspects of ancient world: literature, art, archaeology, etc
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