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Conversing with Antiquity: English Poets and the Classics, from Shakespeare to Pope (David Hopkins) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2014) 9780198706960
Conversing with Antiquity: English Poets and the Classics, from Shakespeare to Pope (David Hopkins) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2014) 9780198706960
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Title: Conversing with Antiquity: English Poets and the Classics, from Shakespeare to Pope

Author: Hopkins, David

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2014

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780198706960

Volumes: 1; Pages: 352

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Conversing with Antiquity collects, in a substantially revised and updated form, studies of the reception of the classics by English poets of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries by one of the leading scholars in the field. A new Introduction locates the book's investigations within the context of current debates between aestheticians and cultural historians about the reception of classical culture. Where some recent studies have regarded English poets' dealings with the classics as acts of 'appropriation', or even 'colonialization', David Hopkins emphasizes the element of dialogic give-and-take in the relationship between these poets and their classical peers. He argues that, rather than simply 'updating' or 'assimilating' the classics to their own cultural norms, poets such as Abraham Cowley, Lucy Hutchinson, Thomas Creech, John Milton, John Dryden, and Alexander Pope engaged in trans-historical conversation with Greek and Roman poets, in which self-discovery and self-transcendence were as important as any simple 'accommodation' of ancient texts to modern tastes.Table of ContentsIntroduction: Reception as Conversation1. 'The English Homer': Shakespeare, Longinus, and English 'Neoclassicism'2. Cowley's Horatian Mice3. The English Voices of Lucretius, from Lucy Hutchinson to John Mason Good4. 'If he were living, and an Englishman': Translation Theory in the Age of Dryden5. Dryden and the Tenth Satire of Juvenal6. Dryden's 'Baucis and Philemon'7. Nature's Laws and Man's: Dryden's 'Cinyras and Myrrha'8. Dryden and Ovid's 'Wit out of Season': 'The Twelfth Book of Ovid his Metamorphoses' and 'Ceyx and Alcyone'9. Translation, Metempsychosis, and the Flux of Nature: Dryden's 'Of the Pythagorean Philosophy'10. Some Varieties of Pope's Classicism11. Pope's Trojan Geography12. Colonization, Closure, or Creative Dialogue? The Case of Pope's IliadBibliography
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