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Art of Pliny's Letters: A Poetics of Allusion in the Private Correspondence (Ilaria Marchesi) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2008) 9780521882279
Art of Pliny's Letters: A Poetics of Allusion in the Private Correspondence (Ilaria Marchesi) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2008) 9780521882279
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Title: The Art of Pliny's Letters: A Poetics of Allusion in the Private Correspondence

Author: Marchesi, Ilaria

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2008

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521882279

Volumes: 1; Pages: 290

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In the first book on intertextuality in Pliny the Younger, Professor Marchesi invites a new reading of Pliny's collection of private epistles: the letters are examined as the product of an authorial strategy controlling both the rhetorical fabric of individual units and their arrangement in the collection. By inserting recognisable fragments of canonical authors into his epistles, Pliny imports into the still fluid practice of letter-writing the principles of composition and organisation that for his contemporaries characterised other writings as literature. Allusions become the occasion for a metapoetic dialogue, especially with the collection's privileged addressee, Tacitus. An active participant in the cultural politics of his time, Pliny entrusts to the letters his views on poetry, oratory and historiography. In defining a model of epistolography alternative to Cicero's and complementing those of Horace, Ovid and Seneca, he also successfully carves a niche for his work in the Roman literary canon.ContentsIntroduction1. The semiotics of structure2. Sed quid ego tam gloriose? Pliny's choice of poetics3. The importance of being Secundus: Tacitus' voice in Pliny's letters4. Storming historiography: Pliny's voice in Tacitus' texts5. Overcoming Ciceronian anxiety: Pliny's niche/nike in literary historyFrom dawn till dusk: four notes in lieu of a conclusionAppendix to Chapter 5
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