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Tradition, Translation, TraumaThe Classic and the Modern$
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Jan Parker and Timothy Mathews

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199554591

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199554591.001.0001

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Eating Eumolpus

Eating Eumolpus

Fellini Satyricon and Dreaming Tradition

(p.109) 5 Eating Eumolpus
Tradition, Translation, Trauma

Richard Armstrong

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes the film, Fellini Satyricon, arguing that we can learn much from the film if we see it as a consubstantial nexus of translation, refragmentation, oneiric imagining, and pure creative fantasy. Fellini Satyricon has considerable value as a kind of allegory of reception — beyond the simple fact that it is itself an instance of reception, one that captures quite well something of the late 1960s’ cultural upheavals. It represents a clear case of aggressive fantasy freed up by engaging the fragments of the ancient past in their opacity and irreparable loss as much as in their vital retention.

Keywords:   Fellini Satyricon, films, translation, refragmentation, oneiric imagining, creative fantasy, allegory of reception

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