The Challenge of Epic: Allusive Engagement in the Dionysiaca of Nonnus
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The Challenge of Epic: Allusive Engagement in the Dionysiaca of Nonnus

Nonnus once vied with Homer for popularity; today his Dionysiaca languishes in obscurity. The Challenge of Epic offers a literary critical rehabilitation of Nonnus' fifth-century AD poem. It argues that modern neglect stems from a failure to appreciate the central position of allusion in late-antique poetry. Attention first focuses on intertextual allusion. It is argued that the poet draws on a plethora of allusions to the cycle of G...

The Poetics of Power in Augustan Rome
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The Poetics of Power in Augustan Rome

A revisionary re-examination of Augustan 'propaganda' as the product of dynamic, critical interactions among Roman audiences, artists, and poets from Vergil to Ovid. It sheds new light on the meaning and perception of political iconography for scholars and students of this pivotal period in Roman history, literature, and culture.

Globalization, Oral Performance, and African Traditional Poetry
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Globalization, Oral Performance, and African Traditional Poetry

This book discusses globalization trends and influences on traditional African oral literary performance and the direction that Ilorin oral art is forced to take by the changes of the twenty-first century electronic age. It seeks a new definition of contemporary African bourgeois in terms of their global reach, imitation of foreign forms, and collaboration with the owners of primary agencies. Additionally, it makes a case that Africa...

Prose Solomon and Saturn and Adrian and Ritheus
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Prose Solomon and Saturn and Adrian and Ritheus

There are two prose dialogues in Old English, consisting together of some 109 questions and answers. These questions are related to the medieval Latin Joca Monachorum and Adrian and Epictus dialogues and deal with various and quite diverse topics. Some questions concern scripture and Christian tradition -  'How tall was Adam,' 'where did he get his name,' and 'what are the eight parts of which he was made.' Some questions are scienti...

Killing Poetry: Blackness and the Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities
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Killing Poetry: Blackness and the Making of Slam and Spoken Word Communities

"With thick description and deeply personal and political prose, Johnson's Killing Poetry provides a rich opportunity for us to explore a world of competitive art-making hidden to most. Killing Poetry's dynamic attention to the specific racial, gendered, sexual, and geographic valences in the spoken word community, means that it is unrelenting in its practice of 'deep listening' and complex thinking. Javon Johnson transfers his truly...

Blackbird Song (Oskana Poetry & Poetics)
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Blackbird Song (Oskana Poetry & Poetics)

"What meditative power there is in Blackbird Song, what pure acts of attention and remembrance. Randy Lundy's poems bring forward the spirit of his Cree ancestry, and place our species humbly among the creatures of Earth--who are all observed with deep reverence and perceptive care.... We should be grateful to Randy Lundy for bringing his wise, wry, visionary, large-hearted meditations into language, and for demonstrating to his read...

Gaelic Poetry in the Eighteenth Century
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Gaelic poetry in the eighteenth century: A bilingual anthology

Being interested in Gaelic literature, and wanting particularly to find out about eighteenth century poetry in the language, I felt that here was a book that would feature a wide variety of Gaelic poets and their poems. A marvellous opportunity to increase my knowledge of Gaelic poetry of the eighteenth century and of the tongue itself. My Gaelic isn't brilliant at the moment and I don't have a very wide knowledge of the literature b...

The Literariness of Media Art by Claudia Benthien, Jordis Lau, et al.
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The Literariness of Media Art

The beginning of the 20th century saw literary scholars from Russia positing a new definition for the nature of literature. Within the framework of Russian Formalism, the term ‘literariness’ was coined. The driving force behind this theoretical inquiry was the desire to identify literature—and art in general—as a way of revitalizing human perception, which had been numbed by the automatization of everyday life. The transformative pow...

Comedy and Religion in Classical Athens: Narratives of Religious Experiences in Aristophanes' Wealth
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Comedy and Religion in Classical Athens

A detailed study of how Aristophanes manipulates traditional narratives of important religious experiences (oracles, healings, epiphanies) to engage with the religious discourse of his time, with a particular focus on the comedy Wealth. This book opens up a new perspective on Aristophanic drama and its relationship to Greek religion.

Ennius and the Architecture of the Annales
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Ennius and the Architecture of the Annales

This book explores the interpretative consequences of the ancient and modern treatment of Ennius' fragmentary but hugely influential epic, the Annales. It argues that its manifest impact on the collective Roman psyche results from its innovative promotion of a vision of Rome as the primary focus of the cosmos in all its aspects.