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Homeric Effects in Vergil's Narrative

Homeric Effects in Vergil's Narrative

Copyright Date: 2015
Edition: REV - Revised
Pages: 216
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    Homeric Effects in Vergil's Narrative
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    The study of Homeric imitations in Vergil has one of the longest traditions in Western culture, starting from the very moment theAeneidwas circulated.Homeric Effects in Vergil's Narrativeis the first English translation of one of the most important and influential modern studies in this tradition. In this revised and expanded edition, Alessandro Barchiesi advances innovative approaches even as he recuperates significant earlier interpretations, from Servius to G. N. Knauer.

    Approaching Homeric allusions in theAeneidas "narrative effects" rather than glimpses of the creative mind of the author at work,Homeric Effects in Vergil's Narrativedemonstrates how these allusions generate hesitations and questions, as well as insights and guidance, and how they participate in the creation of narrative meaning. The book also examines how layers of competing interpretations in Homer are relevant to theAeneid, revealing again the richness of the Homeric tradition as a component of meaning in theAeneid. Finally,Homeric Effects in Vergil's Narrativegoes beyond previous studies of theAeneidby distinguishing between two forms of Homeric intertextuality: reusing a text as an individual model or as a generic matrix.

    For this edition, a new chapter has been added, and in a new afterword the author puts the book in the context of changes in the study of Latin literature and intertextuality.

    A masterful work of classical scholarship,Homeric Effects in Vergil's Narrativealso has valuable insights for the wider study of imitation, allusion, intertextuality, epic, and literary theory.

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-5248-2
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. I-IV)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. V-VI)
    (pp. VII-XIV)

    Alessandro Barchiesi beganLa traccia del modello. Effetti omerici nella narrazione virgilianaby noting that twenty years had passed since the publication of Georg Knauer’s monumental study of Vergil’s use of Homer in theAeneid , Die Aeneis und Homer. Studien zur poetischen Technik Vergils(1964), a revision of Knauer’s 1961Habilitationsschrift. It is now (2014) thirty years since the Italian publication of Homeric Effects in Virgil’s Narrative . It is astonishing to think thatLa tracciawas based substantially on its author’s honors thesis, the work of a brilliant scholar in his early twenties.

    Knauer’s book, building on centuries...

    (pp. XV-XVIII)

    Twenty years have passed since Knauer published his comprehensive collection of comparisons between theAeneidand Homer: one glimpses in this monumental work the closure— and the definitive balance sheet— of a scholarly activity stretching from ancient inquiries intofurta Vergiliiright down to the great commentaries of the modern period. But one can also see in this inventory of comparative materials an opening for new research. Space remains, I think, for one who wants to investigate the functions the Homeric model assumes in the composition of the Vergilian text. For me this involves taking up again the analysis of...

  5. CHAPTER 1 THE DEATH OF PALLAS Intertextuality and Transformation of the Epic Model
    (pp. 1-34)

    In the series of slaughters that occupies all ofAeneid10, a compositional project gradually takes shape. Enough material is gathered here to fill several Iliadic books and nearly all the poem’s heroes are given their own lengthyaristeiapunctuated by minor episodes. But still the reader is guided through this chaotic chain of events by a clarifying thread, since a familiar and already assimilated model gives light to navigate it. The tenth book “corresponds to the victorious events of Patroclus, to his death at the hand of Hector and the beginning of Achilles’ revenge.”¹ Pallas is based on Patroclus,...

    (pp. 35-52)

    Intertextual relation, legibility: this question has arisen several times already and calls for fuller examination. What function does a literary model play in the legibility of a narrative text? The task is to discern to what extent the presence of a model cooperates in making legible the narrative implicating it, how it serves to guide the reader, and aids in making sense of the text.

    This takes us well beyond the realm of the “art of allusion” as it is generally understood. We are concerned with not just occasional contacts between single speech acts but also with entire implicit scripts...

  7. CHAPTER 3 THE ARMS IN THE SKY Diffraction of a Narrative Theme
    (pp. 53-68)

    The two preceding chapters aimed to show how Vergil makes the Homeric model “work” in the text of theAeneid(by transforming it according to definite cultural filters and mobilizing it in plot constructions). But it would be wrong to think that an analysis so framed intends in some way to reduce and simplify the meaning of a text so rich in cultural referents and so complicated in construction. (The error would be in the prejudice that the fact that a text refers to already known models necessarily implies reduction and impoverishment, as though these references were a surrogate for...

  8. CHAPTER 4 THE DEATH OF TURNUS Genre Model and Example Model
    (pp. 69-94)

    In this concluding chapter I will begin from a less traditional question in the study of Vergil and Homer. So far we have treated the Homeric model as a functional element, among others, that contributes to the production of “reading effects.” We saw that, in practice, the action of the Homeric model has to be traced to a complex, polyphonic intertextuality. In short, to analyze individual narrative sequences entailed reckoning with a plurality of models. We could speak of “models in contact,” in as much as we are clearly dealing with models that are heterogeneous and only in communication with...

  9. APPENDIX The Lament of Juturna
    (pp. 95-114)
    (pp. 115-134)

    I will survey in retrospect some of the implications and loose ends of this book of mine from three different viewpoints: (1) the function of the study of Homeric imitation in the development of Vergilian criticism, (2) the relationship between work on intertextuality in classical studies and modern literary theory, and (3) the rewards of integrating criticism of theAeneidwith the growing area of Homeric reception studies.

    The project ofLa traccia(I use this tag as a shorthand for myLa traccia del modello. Effetti omerici nella narrazione virgiliana, published in 1984, while I am writing this retrospective...

  11. NOTES
    (pp. 135-174)
    (pp. 175-184)
    (pp. 185-187)
    (pp. 188-189)
    (pp. 190-193)