Reflections and New Perspectives on Virgil's Georgics

Reflections and New Perspectives on Virgil's Georgics


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Virgil's Georgics, the most neglected of the poet's three major works, is brought to life and infused with fresh meanings in this dynamic collection of new readings. The Georgics is shown to be a rich field of inherited and varied literary forms, actively inviting a wide range of interpretations as well as deep reflection on its place within the tradition of didactic poetry.

The essays contained in this volume – contributed by scholars from Australia, Europe and North America – offer new approaches and interpretive methods that greatly enhance our understanding of Virgil's poem. In the process, they unearth an array of literary and philosophical sources which exerted a rich influence on the Georgics but whose impact has hitherto been underestimated in scholarship. A second goal of the volume is to examine how the Georgics – with its profound meditations on humankind, nature, and the socio-political world of its creation – has been (re)interpreted and appropriated by readers and critics from antiquity to the modern era. The volume opens up a number of exciting new research avenues for the study of the reception of the Georgics by highlighting the myriad ways in which the poem has been understood by ancient readers, early modern poets, explorers of the 'New World', and female translators of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350177482
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 08/20/2020
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Bobby Xinyue is British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in Latin Literature and Renaissance Studies at the University of Warwick, UK.

Nicholas Freer
is Teaching Fellow in Latin Literature at the University of Durham, UK.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii

Preface x

Notes on the Text xi

Introduction Bobby Xinyue Nicholas Freer 1

Part I Reading the Georgics

1 The Story of You: Second-Person Narrative and the Narratology of the Georgics Robert Cowan 17

2 Clearing the Ground in Georgics 1 S. J Hey worth 31

3 Aesthetics, Form and Meaning in the Georgics Richard F. Thomas 45

Part II Religion and Philosophy

4 Georgica and Orphica: The Georgics in the Context of Orphic Poetry and Religion Tom Mackenzie 67

5 Virgil's Georgics and the Epicurean Sirens of Poetry Nicholas Freer 79

Part III Politics and Society

6 Divinization and Didactic Efficacy in Virgil's Georgics Bobby Xinyue 93

7 Bunte Barbaren Setting up the Stage: Re-Inventing the Barbarian on the Georgics' Theatre-Temple (G. 3.1-48) Elena Giusti 105

8 From Munera Uestra Cano to Ipse Dona Feram: Language of Social Reciprocity in the Georgics Martin Stöckinger 115

Part IV Roman Responses

9 'Pulpy fiction': Virgilian Reception and Genre in Columella De Re Rustica 10 Sara Myers 129

10 Servian Readings of Religion in the Georgics Ailsa Hunt 139

Part V Modem Responses

11 The Georgics off the Canadian Coast: Marc Lescarbot's A-dieu à la Nouvelle-France (1609) and the Virgilian Tradition William M. Barton 155

12 Shelley's Georgic Landscape Katharine M. Earnshaw 169

13 Women and Earth: Female Responses to the Georgics in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries Susanna Braund 185

Notes 201

Bibliography 245

Index of Passages 267

Index 281

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