Latin Poetry; Intertextuality; Source criticism; Literary theory; Literary history; Greek Literature; Latin Literature; Genre Theory; Allusion; Imitation
V. Berlincourt L. Galli Milić D. Nelis (2016), Lucan and Claudian: Context and Intertext,, in Lucan and Claudian: Context and Intertext,
, HeidelbergWinter Verlag, Heidelberg.
V. Berlincourt (2014), “Commenting on Claudian’s ‘Political Poems’, 1612 / 1650”,, in K.A.E. Enenkel (ed.), Brill, Leiden, 125-150.
V. Berlincourt, “Dea Roma and Mars: Intertext and Structure in Claudian’s Panegyric for the Consuls Olybrius and Probinus., in Harvard Studies in Classical Philology
L. Galli Milic, Poétique du furor et intertextualité dans le Bellum ciuile, in Rémy POIGNAULT et Fabrice GALTIER
(ed.), Les Belles Lettres, Paris.
The aim of the project is to build on recent advances in the interpretation of Latin poetry by combining the virtues of old-fashioned source criticism with the insights offered by modern theoretically sophisticated approaches to the phenomenon of literary imitation. Over the last fifty years, the study of the intertextuality of Latin poetry has been renewed by two quite different scholarly methods. On the one hand, G.N. Knauer’s monumental study of Vergil and Homer (1964) brought to a peak of near-perfection the methods of nineteenth-century Quellenforschung. In turn, J. Farrell adapted Knauer’s techniques in his influential study of Vergil’s Georgics, I have applied Knauer’s approach to the study of Vergil’s Aeneid and Apollonius Rhodius. At the same time, the application of modern literary theory to Classical texts has led to some brilliant theoretical work by, among others, G.B. Conte, A. Barchiesi, D. Fowler and S. Hinds. Their efforts have had an enormous impact on the ways in which Classicists think about the whole question of the relationships between literary texts and about literary history. The time is now ripe for the combination of both approaches in a new series of studies of Latin poetry. I propose to bring together young scholars, at both doctoral and post-doctoral level, and to work with them in the preparation of detailed philological studies of the connections between chosen texts (à la Knauer) which at the same time take into account the questions raised by modern theoretical analysis (à la Conte, Barchiesi, Fowler, Hinds). These approaches, which are often presented as being mutually exclusive, are in fact perfectly compatible, and together they offer the possibility of a complete renewal of the methods of literary Quellenforschung which have for so long provided the methodological basis for the study of Latin literature.