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Butler, Shane 1970-

Overview
Works: 8 works in 52 publications in 3 languages and 1,760 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Records and correspondence  History 
Roles: Editor
Classifications: PA3521, 880.091
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Most widely held works by Shane Butler
The matter of the page essays in search of ancient and medieval authors by Shane Butler ( )
9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,006 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Butler begins with some considerations about the materiality of the literary text, both as a process (the draft) and a product (the book), and he traces the curious history of "the page" from scroll to manuscript codex to printed book and beyond. He then offers a series of unforgettable portraits of authors at work: Thucydides struggling to describe his own diseased body; Vergil ready to burn an epic poem he could not finish; Lucretius wrestling with words even as he fights the madness that will drive him to suicide; Cicero mesmerized by the thought of erasing his entire career; Seneca plumbing the depths of the soul in the wax of his tablets; and Dhuoda, who sees the book she writes as a door, a tunnel, a womb. Butler reveals how the work of writing transformed each of these authors into his or her own first reader, and he explains what this metamorphosis teaches us about how we too should read. All Greek and Latin quotations are translated into English and technical matters are carefully explained for general readers, with scholarly details in the notes
The hand of Cicero by Shane Butler ( Book )
16 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The decapitation of Marcus Tullius Cicero has inspired horror and wonder since the event. Less attention, however, has been devoted to his second dismemberment: the severing of his right hand. But behind Mark Antony's order to bring back not only the orator's head but also the hand that had written the Phillippics lies a conflation of oratory and writing that merits explanation." "This book examines the relationship between Ciceronian oratory and the written word from several points of view. It is shown that the blurring of the distinction between writing and speech evident in Civero's violent end was, in fact, the work of Cicero himself and had begun early in his career, long before the writing of the Phillippics. The author argues that the major force behind Cicero's rise to fame as an orator was, paradoxically, his own ability to exploit Rome's growing dependence on the written word." "Framed as an investigation into the motive of Antony's crime, the book surveys Cicero's career from beginning to end and reveals, in vivid detail, a world often mired in written texts. Sure to raise questions about simplistic views of Rome as an 'oral society', Shane Butler's groundbreaking study also offers a fresh look at Cicero himself, struggling to turn skills born of his equestrian background into an enduring reputation for eloquence."--BOOK JACKET
Letters by Angelo Poliziano ( Book )
10 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Synaesthesia and the ancient senses by Shane Butler ( Book )
7 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Letters by Angelo Poliziano ( Book )
7 editions published in 2006 in 3 languages and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Letters by Angelo Poliziano ( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Letters by Angelo Poliziano ( Book )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Litterae manent : Ciceronian oratory and the written word by Shane Butler ( Book )
1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
 
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Audience level: 0.64 (from 0.35 for Letters ... to 0.90 for Synaesthes ...)
Alternative Names
Butler, Michael Shane.
Butler, Michael Shane 1970-
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