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Catullan Provocations: Lyric Poetry and the Drama of Position

Fitzgerald, William

Published by University of California Press, Berckley, CA, 1995
ISBN 10: 0520200624 / ISBN 13: 9780520200623
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Title: Catullan Provocations: Lyric Poetry and the ...

Publisher: University of California Press, Berckley, CA

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Edition: First edition..

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Fitzgerald shows how Catullus's poetry reflects the conditions of its own consumption as it explores the terms and possibilities of the poet's license. Reading the poetry in relation to the drama of position played out between poet, poem, and reader, the author produces a fresh interpretation of almost all of Catullus's oeuvre. First printing in fine condition. Size: 6½" - 9½" First printing. Bookseller Inventory # 273597

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Synopsis: Restoring to Catullus a provocative power that familiarity has tended to dim, this book argues that Catullus challenges us to think about the nature of lyric in new ways. Fitzgerald shows how Catullus's poetry reflects the conditions of its own consumption as it explores the terms and possibilities of the poet's license. Reading the poetry in relation to the drama of position played out between poet, poem, and reader, the author produces a fresh interpretation of almost all of Catullus's oeuvre. Running through the book is an analysis of the ideological stakes behind the construction of the author Catullus in twentieth-century scholarship and of the agenda governing the interpreter's position in relation to Catullus.

About the Author: William Fitzgerald is Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of California, San Diego.

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