Greek epigram in reception : J.A. Symonds, Oscar Wilde, and the invention of desire, 1805-1929 / Gideon Nisbet
- Nisbet, Gideon
- Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2013.
- Copyright Date:
- First edition.
- Physical Description:
- 389 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
- Part 1. The descent from Olympus -- The miscellanies of Bland and Merivale -- Three mid-century 'Anthologies' -- Part 2. Wilde's meleager -- "The most precious relic" -- "The true Liber Amoris at last" -- Part 3. "The Book of Greek life" -- Responses to Symonds -- Reed and girdle: The anthology in the 1920s.
- This book is a chronological survey of the reception of the Greek Anthology (a Byzantine collection of ancient Greek short poems known as epigrams). Tracing the strange evolution of the Greek Anthology from the early nineteenth century to the years after the first World War, the volume analyses the complex webs of rhetoric that are spun as writers and translators bring their different agendas to bear on the Anthology's text, pruning it to meet their needs. As so little was known about its poets, and because it stood for the Greeks and their culture, the text became the battleground during the 1870s-90s on which normative and dissident interpretations of Ancient Greece were fought out. An emergent mass readership became caught between opposing and rhetorically loaded accounts, casting the Anthology, and thus the ancient race on whom the British were supposed to be modelling themselves, as patriots and doting spouses or as lovers of male Beauty, like the Decadent sensation Oscar Wilde.
- 9780199662494 (cloth)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-381) and index.
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