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Pater the ClassicistClassical Scholarship, Reception, and Aestheticism$
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Charles Martindale, Stefano Evangelista, and Elizabeth Prettejohn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723417

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723417.001.0001

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Pater the Translator

Pater the Translator

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Pater the Classicist

Bénédicte Coste

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This chapter explores the different means Pater used to cite, translate, rephrase, and insert Greek and Latin texts, most especially in ‘The Myth of Demeter and Persephone’ (1876). By discussing content, translation strategies, and material presentation, it shows that Pater’s highly elaborate poetics, relying on quotations, translations, italicization, and transliteration, visually disseminates Greek literature all throughout his writing. Greek literature and signs become a series of fragments carefully brought to light to be observed, appreciated in their cultural otherness, and inserted in a perfect seamless and inlaid textuality. In parallel, Pater’s utterance undergoes a striking metamorphosis as he deliberately becomes a stage manager or a ventriloquist of his own performance as interpreter-translator. By typographically foregrounding intertextuality and otherness, Pater turns the act of reading into an act of deciphering, of intellectual tactility like that of an archaeologist uncovering buried second-hand, possibly fake, fragments of antiquity.

Keywords:   Pater, Greek myth, translation, translation strategies, quotations, intertextuality, utterance, interpretation

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