Subjecting Verses: Latin Love Elegy and the Emergence of the by Paul Allen Miller

By Paul Allen Miller

The elegy flared into life, commanded the cultural level for numerous many years, then went extinct. This booklet bills for the quick upward push and surprising decline of a style whose lifestyles span used to be exceedingly short relative to its impression. reading each significant poet from Catullus to Ovid, Subjecting Verses offers the 1st finished heritage of Latin erotic elegy considering the fact that Georg Luck's.Paul Allen Miller harmoniously weds shut readings of the poetry with insights from theoreticians as various as Jameson, Foucault, Lacan, and Zizek. In welcome distinction to past, thematic experiences of elegy--efforts that experience develop into slowed down in making a choice on even if specific subject matters and poets have been seasoned- or anti-Augustan--Miller bargains a brand new, "symptomatic" background. He asks visible yet infrequently posed questions: what historic stipulations have been essential to produce elegy, and what provoked its decline? finally, he argues that elegiac poetry arose from a primary break up within the nature of subjectivity that happened within the overdue first century--a cut up symptomatic of the ancient alterations occurring on the time.Subjecting Verses is an incredible interpretive feat whose impact will succeed in throughout classics and literary stories. Linking the increase of elegy with adjustments in how Romans imagined themselves inside of a swiftly altering society, it deals a brand new version of literary thought that neither reduces the poems to a mirrored image in their context nor examines them in a vacuum.

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47 It was more concerned with power and stability than ideological purity or revolution (Ste. Croix 1981: 360). 48 Despite the momentary stabilization brought about by the Sullan dictatorship and its reconstitution of the senatorial elite, the existing constitutional settlement had deteriorated to the point where civil war was a constant threat, elections had to be canceled in the face of riots, and the legions were used against the populace to quash uprisings for debt relief (Brunt 1971a: 127–32; Ste.

What is ultimately revealed is not so much “what actually happened” as the progressive foundering of the Romans’ own ability to explain the changes that were happening. The same pattern of misrecognition continues into the early imperial period. 46 At the same time, in spite of its self-proclaimed reactionary nature, the regime did not scruple to appropriate Egyptian concepts of sacred kingship and other ideas foreign to traditional republican political thought, where it deemed them useful (Koenen 1976: 128).

Elegy is another such stumble. It can never reflect the Real; it can only detect its seismic shifts through disruptions in the structures of signification. Latin love elegy is, on this view, made possible by certain subterranean movements of the Real, but these by nature can only be discussed through indirection. The symptoms of that movement, however, are clearly visible in the sudden emergence of this schizoid discourse during the period marking the final collapse of the Roman Republic, while the subsequent stabilization of those same architectonic forces is made visible by elegy’s disappearance with the consolidation of the empire.

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