The Other Virgil
Pessimistic Readings of the Aeneid in Early Modern Culture
By (author) Craig Kallendorf
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Other Virgil by Craig Kallendorf
Book DescriptionThe Other Virgil tells the story of how a classic like the Aeneid can say different things to different people. As a school text it was generally taught to support the values and ideals of a succession of postclassical societies, but between 1500 and 1800 a number of unusually sensitive readers responded to cues in the text that call into question what the poem appears to be supporting. This book focuses on the literary works written by these readers, to show how they used the Aeneid as a model for poems that probed and challenged the dominant values of their society, just as Virgil had done centuries before. Some of these poems are not as well known today as they should be, but others, like Milton's Paradise Lost and Shakespeare's The Tempest, are; in the latter case, the poems can be understood in new ways once their relationship to the 'other Virgil' is made clear.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199212361
(224mm x 145mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 18-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Craig Kallendorf
Protean Virgil, Hardback (March 2015)
Taking Virgil's poetry as a case study, The Protean Virgil argues that when we try to understand different readers' varying responses to the same text over time, we should take into account the physical form in which they read the text (e.g. manuscripts, books, or computerized files) as well as the text itself.
Virgil and the Myth of Venice, Hardback (July 1999)
A comprehensive study showing that the Roman poet Virgil played an unexpectedly significant role in the shaping of Renaissance Venetian culture. The text argues that Virgil's poetry became a best-seller because it confirmed the specific values of its Venetian readers.
Landmark Essays on Rhetoric and Literature, Paperback (February 1999)» View all books by Craig Kallendorf
This volume addresses the close connections between the study of rhetoric and the study of literature. Arranged chronologically, there are two essays for each of the six major periods: antiquity, the Middle Ages; the Renaissance; the 17th century; the 18th century; and the 19th and 20th centuries.
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Author Biography - Craig Kallendorf
Craig Kallendorf is Professor of English and Classics, Texas A&M University.
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