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Pater the Classicist: Classical Scholarship, Reception, and Aestheticism (Charles Martindale) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2017) 9780198723417
Pater the Classicist: Classical Scholarship, Reception, and Aestheticism (Charles Martindale) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2017) 9780198723417
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Title: Pater the Classicist: Classical Scholarship, Reception, and Aestheticism

Author: Martindale, Charles

Additional Authors or Contributors: Stefano Evangelista, Elizabeth Prettejohn (eds)

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2017

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780198723417

Volumes: 1; Pages: 384

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Pater the Classicist is the first book to address in detail Walter Pater's important contribution to the study of classical antiquity. Widely considered our greatest aesthetic critic and now best known as a precursor to modernist writers and post-modernist thinkers of the twentieth century, Pater was also a classicist by profession who taught at the University of Oxford. He wrote extensively about Greek art and philosophy, but also authored an influential historical novel set in ancient Rome, Marius the Epicurean, and a variety of short stories depicting the survival of classical culture in later ages. These superficially diverging interests actually went closely hand-in-hand: it can plausibly be asserted that it is the classical tradition in its broadest sense, including the question of how to understand its workings and temporalities, which forms Pater's principal subject as a writer. Although he initially approached antiquity obliquely, through the Italian Renaissance, for example, or the poetry of William Morris, later in his career he wrote more, and more directly, about the ancient world, and particularly about Greece, his first love. The essays in this collection cover all his major works and reveal a many-sided and inspirational figure, whose achievements helped to reinvigorate the classical studies that were the basis of the English educational system of the nineteenth century, and whose conception of Classics as cross-disciplinary and outward-looking can be a model to scholars and students today. They discuss his classicism generally, his fiction set in classical antiquity, his writings on Greek art and culture, and those on ancient philosophy, and in doing so they also illuminate Pater's position within his Victorian context, among figures such as J. A. Symonds, Henry Nettleship, Vernon Lee, and Jane Harrison, as well as his place in the study and reception of Classics today.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors

Introduction. Pater and Antiquity, Charles Martindale

1. Classics and Classicism

Introduction to Part 1

1. Pater as Professional Classicist, Isobel Hurst

2. Pater the Translator, Benedicte Coste

3. Pater's 'Winckelmann': Aesthetic Criticism and Classical Reception, Stefano Evangelista and Katherine Harloe

4. Eternal Moment: Pater on the Temporality of the Classical Ideal in Art, Whitney Davis

2. Fictions

Introduction to Part 2

5. Tibullus in Marius the Epicurean; or How to Read Pater's Fiction, Duncan Kennedy

6. Marcus the Stoic in Marius the Epicurean, Richard Rutherford

7. A Search for Home: The Representation of the Domestic in Marius the Epicurean, Shelley Hales

8. Reception, Receptivity, and Anachronism in Marius the Epicurean, James I. Porter

9. Pater's 'Apollo in Picardy': The Art of Scholarly Method, Caroline Vout

3. Greek Art and Culture

Introduction to Part 3

10. Pater's 'Hippolytus Veiled': A Study from Euripidesa

11. Hellenic Utopias: Pater in the Footsteps of Pausanias, Charlotte Ribeyrol

12. Pater on Sculpture, Elizabeth Prettejohn

13. Pater and Greek Religion, Robert Fowler

4. Philosophy

Introduction to Part 4

14. Pater's Heraclitus: Irony and the Historical Method, Giles Whiteley

15. Animism and Metaphysics in Pater's Platonism, Lee Behlman and Kurt Lampe

16. Pater and Nettleship: A Platonic Education and the Politics of Disciplinarity, Daniel Orrells

17. The Ethics of Contemplation: Pater's Reading of Aristotle, Adam Lee

Afterword, Stephen Bann


General Bibliography on Pater and the Classics


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