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Author Marchesi, Ilaria, author
Title The art of Pliny's letters : a poetics of allusion in the private correspondence / Ilaria Marchesi
Imprint Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2008
book jacket
Descript 1 online resource (xii, 278 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Note Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Oct 2015)
Introduction -- The semiotics of structure -- Sed quid ego tam gloriose? Pliny's choice of poetics -- The importance of being Secundus: Tacitus' voice in Pliny's letters -- Storming historiography: Pliny's voice in Tacitus' texts -- Overcoming Ciceronian anxiety: Pliny's niche/nike in literary history -- From dawn till dusk: four notes in lieu of a conclusion -- Appendix to Chapter 5
In this book on intertextuality in Pliny the Younger, Professor Marchesi invites an alternative reading of Pliny's collection of private epistles: the letters are examined as the product of an authorial strategy controlling both the rhetorical fabric of individual units and their arrangement in the collection. By inserting recognisable fragments of canonical authors into his epistles, Pliny imports into the still fluid practice of letter-writing the principles of composition and organisation that for his contemporaries characterised other writings as literature. Allusions become the occasion for a metapoetic dialogue, especially with the collection's privileged addressee, Tacitus. An active participant in the cultural politics of his time, Pliny entrusts to the letters his views on poetry, oratory and historiography. In defining a model of epistolography alternative to Cicero's and complementing those of Horace, Ovid and Seneca, he also successfully carves a niche for his work in the Roman literary canon
TAEBDC; 2010
Link Print version: 9780521882279
Subject Pliny, the Younger -- Correspondence -- Criticism, Textual
Pliny, the Younger -- Criticism and interpretation
Allusions in literature
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