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Butler, Shane 1970-

Works: 12 works in 82 publications in 3 languages and 3,156 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Records and correspondence  Biography  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Publishing director
Classifications: PA8565, 871.04
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Shane Butler
Letters by Angelo Poliziano( Book )

17 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and Latin and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The matter of the page : essays in search of ancient and medieval authors by Shane Butler( Book )

10 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 269 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 )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 267 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."--Jacket
Synaesthesia and the ancient senses by Shane Butler( Book )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A path-breaking collection launching a new series of books on the senses in antiquity. Synaesthesia and the Ancient Senses presents a radical reappraisal of antiquity's textures, flavours, and aromas, sounds and sights. It offers both a fresh look at society in the ancient world and an opportunity to deepen the reading of classical literature. The book will appeal to readers in classical society and literature, philosophy and cultural history. All Greek and Latin is translated and technical matters are explained for the non-specialist. The introduction sets the ancient senses within the history of aesthetics and the subsequent essays explore the senses throughout the classical period and on to the modern reception of classical literature
The ancient phonograph by Shane Butler( Book )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A search for traces of the voice before the phonograph, reconstructing a series of ancient soundscapes from Aristotle to Augustine
Deep classics : rethinking classical reception( Book )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fragmented, buried, and largely lost, the classical past presents formidable obstacles to anyone who would seek to know it. 'Deep Classics' is the study of these obstacles and, in particular, of the way in which the contemplation of the classical past resembles - and has even provided a model for - other kinds of human endeavor. This volume offers a new way to understand the modalities and aims of Classics itself, through the ages. Its individual chapters draw fruitful connections between the reception of the classical and current concerns in philosophy of mind, cognitive theory, epistemology, media studies, sense studies, aesthetics, queer theory and eco-criticism. What does the study of the ancient past teach us about our encounters with our own more recent but still elusive memories? What do our always partial reconstructions of ancient sites tell us about the limits of our ability to know our own world, or to imagine our future? What does the reader of the lacunose and corrupted literatures of antiquity learn thereby about literature and language themselves? What does a shattered statue reveal about art, matter, sensation, experience, life? 0Does the way in which these vestiges of the past are encountered - sitting in a library, standing in a gallery, moving through a ruin - condition our responses to them and alter their significance? And finally, how has the contemplation of antiquity helped to shape seemingly unrelated disciplines, including not only other humanistic and scientific epistemologies but also non-scholarly modes and practices? In asking these and similar questions, 'Deep Classics' makes a pointed intervention in the study of the classical tradition, now more widely known as 'reception studies'
Letters by Angelo Poliziano( Book )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and Latin and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letters( Book )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letters by Angelo Poliziano( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in Multiple languages and English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letters by Angelo Poliziano( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in Latin and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The senses in antiquity( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The ancient phonograph by Shane Butler( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Butler, Michael Shane

Butler Michael Shane 1970-....

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