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The Resource Author unknown : the power of anonymity in ancient Rome, Tom Geue

Author unknown : the power of anonymity in ancient Rome, Tom Geue

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Author unknown : the power of anonymity in ancient Rome
Title
Author unknown
Title remainder
the power of anonymity in ancient Rome
Statement of responsibility
Tom Geue
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"An exploration of the darker corners of ancient Rome to spotlight the strange sorcery of anonymous literature. From Banksy to Elena Ferrante to the unattributed parchments of ancient Rome, art without clear authorship fascinates and even offends us. Classical scholarship tends to treat this anonymity as a problem or game--a defect to be repaired or mystery to be solved. Author Unknown is the first book to consider anonymity as a site of literary interest rather than a gap that needs filling. We can tether each work to an identity, or we can stand back and ask how the absence of a name affects the meaning and experience of literature. Tom Geue turns to antiquity to show what the suppression or loss of a name can do for literature. Anonymity supported the illusion of Augustus's sprawling puppet mastery (Res Gestae), controlled and destroyed the victims of a curse (Ovid's Ibis), and created out of whole cloth a poetic person and career (Phaedrus's Fables). To assume these texts are missing something is to dismiss a source of their power and presume that ancient authors were as hungry for fame as today's. In this original look at Latin literature, Geue asks us to work with anonymity rather than against it and to appreciate the continuing power of anonymity in our own time"--
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Provided by publisher
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Geue, Tom
Dewey number
808/.0471
Index
index present
LC call number
  • PA6018.5
  • PA6018.A56
LC item number
  • .G48 2019
  • G48 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Anonymous writings
  • Anonyms and pseudonyms, Latin
  • Latin literature
  • Rome
  • Intellectual life
  • Rome (Empire)
  • Anonymität
  • Autor
  • Latein
  • Literatur
  • Römisches Reich
Label
Author unknown : the power of anonymity in ancient Rome, Tom Geue
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Literature unmastered -- Part I. The power of the name: Name power -- Tongue ties: Ovid's Ibis -- A play without names: Octavia -- Part II. The universal no-name: Phaedrus by name -- Poet seeks patron: an open letter from me to you, or Numerosa Laus -- The timeless pastoral of Calpurnius Siculus -- Part III. Whence and when: Whence: sources, frames, contexts -- Historical transcendence -- Conclusion: Unknowing literature
Control code
1089996501
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
vii, 361 pages
Isbn
9780674988200
Lccn
2019014636
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40029373556
System control number
(OCoLC)1089996501
Label
Author unknown : the power of anonymity in ancient Rome, Tom Geue
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Literature unmastered -- Part I. The power of the name: Name power -- Tongue ties: Ovid's Ibis -- A play without names: Octavia -- Part II. The universal no-name: Phaedrus by name -- Poet seeks patron: an open letter from me to you, or Numerosa Laus -- The timeless pastoral of Calpurnius Siculus -- Part III. Whence and when: Whence: sources, frames, contexts -- Historical transcendence -- Conclusion: Unknowing literature
Control code
1089996501
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
vii, 361 pages
Isbn
9780674988200
Lccn
2019014636
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40029373556
System control number
(OCoLC)1089996501

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