By Andrew Laird
The quantity makes generally to be had a few very important scholarship at the canonical texts of old rhetoric and poetics. whereas there are various stories of normal tendencies in classical feedback, this assortment bargains direct discussions of basic resources, which supply an invaluable spouse to the Russell and Winterbottom anthology, historical Literary feedback. the quantity includes a chronology, feedback for extra examining, a brand new translation of Bernays' 1857 essay on katharsis, and a big introductory bankruptcy addressing the strain in historic literary feedback among its position within the classical culture and its position in modern endeavors to reconstruct old tradition.
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Too, The Idea of Ancient Literary Criticism, ‘Banishing the Poets’, in Arion, 8/3 (2002), 115–27); on value, see n. 80 below and M. S. Silk ‘Pindar Meets Plato: Theory, Language, Value and the Classics’, in S. J. ), Texts, Ideas and the Classics: Scholarship and Theory in Classical Literature (Oxford, 2001), 26–45. ﬁ° Alessandro Barchiesi is currently editing a collection Classical Literature in Theory: An Anthology of Criticism, 1960–2001 to be published by Blackwell. ﬁ· Suggestions for Further Reading, 9.
It seems to me that there are in particular two theoretical issues in need of analysis, both fundamental to our understanding of ancient views of poetic creativity. The ﬁrst is the frequent assumption that inspiration necessarily involves ecstasy or possession, and that the inspired poet takes no conscious part in the process of composition, but is merely the passive instrument of some overwhelming force. An important consequence of this assumption is that inspiration and craft or technique are seen as incompatible.
R. Howard (London, 2002); G. Genette, Figures I–III (Paris, 1966–72); J. Kristeva, Sêmiôtikê: Recherches pour une Sémanalyse (Paris, 1969); P. Ricoeur, Time and Narrative I–III, tr. K. McLaughlin and D. Pellauer (Chicago, 1984–8); T. Todorov, Theories of the Symbol, tr. C. Porter (Oxford, 1982). ‡ﬂ Attempts by classicists to reconcile modern narrative theory with ancient criticism include: M. Fantuzzi, Ricerche su Apollonio Rodio: Diacronie della dizione epica (Rome, 1988); M. Fusillo, ‘ “Mythos” aristotelico e “récit” narratologico’, Strumenti critici, 52/1/3 (1986), 381–92; A.
Ancient Literary Criticism (Oxford Readings in Classical Studies) by Andrew Laird