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The invention of literature : from Greek intoxication to the Latin book

Author: Florence Dupont
Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1999.
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"The invention of literature, writes Florence Dupont, is recent, and its classical ancestry is not firm. Rather than representing solely the remains of a network of readers and writers, the odes, epics, tales, and dramas of Greece and Rome had a much more diversified background and purpose. Some works were intended to be read in groups; other works were not meant to be read at all." "Resisting the traditional  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Dupont, Florence.
Invention of literature.
Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1999
(OCoLC)607351685
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Florence Dupont
ISBN: 080185864X 9780801858642
OCLC Number: 39765474
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: xi, 287 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. Toward Another Use of Antiquity: A Recreative Otherness --
I. The Culture of Intoxication: Singing with Nothing to Say. 1. The Song for Cleobulus. 2. The Invention of Anacreon --
II. The Culture of the Kiss: Speaking with Nothing to Say. 3. The Games of Catullus. 4. Kisses in the Greek Manner and Roman Cuisine --
III. The Story Culture: Books That Were Not for Reading. 5. The Golden Ass Stories. 6. Writing Sandwiched between Two Voices. Conclusion. The Entropy of Cultural Changes --
App. Some Curious Documents.
Other Titles: Invention de la littérature.
Responsibility: by Florence Dupont ; translated by Janet Lloyd.
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"The invention of literature, writes Florence Dupont, is recent, and its classical ancestry is not firm. Rather than representing solely the remains of a network of readers and writers, the odes, epics, tales, and dramas of Greece and Rome had a much more diversified background and purpose. Some works were intended to be read in groups; other works were not meant to be read at all." "Resisting the traditional temptation to project current tastes and beliefs backward upon Greece and Rome. The Invention of Literature presents classical writings in all their differences. The labor of understanding a lyric or an epic as it was understood in its time requires a radical reconsideration of what reading is and what it means."--Jacket.

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