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The Poetics of Late Latin Literature

Jas' Elsner and Jesús Hernández Lobato


The aesthetic changes in late Roman literature speak to the foundations of modern Western culture. The dawn of a modern way of being in the world, one that most Europeans and Americans would recognize as closely ancestral to their own, is to be found, not in the distant antiquity of Greece nor in the golden age of a Roman Empire that spanned the Mediterranean, but more fundamentally in the original and problematic fusion of Graeco-Roman culture with a new and unexpected foreign element—the arrival of Christianity as an exclusive state religion. For a host of reasons, traditionalist scholarship ... More

Keywords: cultural change, early Christian literature, intertextuality, late antique Latin literature, late antique studies, literary aesthetics, literary theory, metaliterary twist, poetics

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199355631
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199355631.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jas' Elsner, editor
Corpus Christi College, Oxford
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Jesús Hernández Lobato, editor
University of Salamanca, Spain

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Jaś Elsner and Jesús Hernández Lobato

Part I The Explosion of Form: Late Antique Experimentalism

1 POP Art

Michael Squire (King’s College London)

2 Polymetry in Late Latin Poems

Franca Ela consolino

3 Words Pregnant with Meaning

Isabella Gualandri

Part II Late Antique Intertextuality

5 Late Narcissus

Jaś Elsner

Part III Programmatic Reflections: A Metaliterary Twist

6 Displacing Tradition

Marco Formisano

8 Rewriting Ausonius

Scott McGill

9 To Speak or Not to Speak

Jesús Hernández Lobato

Part IV Literature and Power

Part V A New Literary Space: The Challenges of Christian Poetry