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Title: Redeeming the Text: Latin Poetry and the Hermeneutics of Reception
Author: Martindale, Charles
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 1993
Paperback; ISBN: 9780521427197
Volumes: 1; Pages: 135
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This book applies some of the procedures of modern critical theory to the interpretation of Latin poetry. The author argues for an approach that sees the meaning of a text as always and necessarily involved in the process of "reception," that is the way it has been read and interpreted from the time of its composition down to the present day. A study of its reception-history facilitates novel and more profitable ways of reading. He illustrates his approach with exemplary readings of Virgil, Ovid, Horace and Lucan.Contents1. Five concepts in search of an author: suite2. Rereading Virgil: divertimento3. Rereading Ovid and Lucan: cadenzas4. Translation as rereading: symphony in three movementsPostscript: redeeming the text, or a lover's discourse.