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Dryden and the traces of classical Rome

Author: Paul Hammond
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
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This book examines the uses which Dryden makes of Latin in his poetry and his critical writing, firstly through quotation and allusion, and secondly through formal translation. The first half explores the paradox that Dryden's sense of himself as a modern English writer is often articulated by means of a turn to classical Latin, while the contemporary English nation is conceptualized through references to ancient

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Translations into English
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hammond, Paul, 1953-
Dryden and the traces of classical Rome.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999
Named Person: John Dryden; John Dryden; John Dryden; John Dryden; John Dryden; John Dryden; John Dryden; John Dryden
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Hammond
ISBN: 0198184115 9780198184119
OCLC Number: 39714581
Description: x, 305 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. I. Quotation. 1. Latin and the English Writer. The Text as a World of Traces. The Place of Latin in Dryden's Culture. English Writers as Heirs to the Roman Heritage. Roman Allusions and the Authorial Persona. 2. Rome and the English Nation. Roman Motifs in the Heroique Stanza's on Cromwell. The Quasi-Augustan Moment of Astroea Redux. The Collocation of London, Rome, and Troy in Annus Mirabilis. Latin Precedents for Contemporary Politics in Absalom and Achitophel. Rome and the Renewal of Time in Britannia Rediviva. Joining Classical and Catholic Rome in The Hind and the Panther. The Poet and his Penates --
pt. II. Translation. 3. Mutability and Metamorphosis. Dryden's Theory and Practice of Translation.
Responsibility: Paul Hammond.
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John Dryden was the leading poet of Restoration England, renowned both as a political writer and as a translator. This book examines the uses Dryden made of allusions to classical Rome, and his  Read more...


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Admirable in its range, sensitivity, and imagination. * International Journal of the Classical Tradition * His book couches its insights in Derridean terms, but its influence is likely to be felt far Read more...

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