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Author Bartsch, Shadi, 1966-

Title Ideology in cold blood : a reading of Lucan's Civil War / Shadi Bartsch
Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997


Description 1 online resource (x, 224 pages)
Series [Revealing antiquity ; 6]
Revealing antiquity ; 6.
Contents Contents -- Preface -- Introduction -- ONE: The Subject under Siege -- TWO: Paradox, Doubling, and Despair -- THREE: Pompey as Pivot -- FOUR: The Will to Believe -- FIVE: History without Banisters -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary Is Lucan's epic Civil War an example of ideological poetry, or does it proclaim the meaninglessness of ideology? The author finds in the paradoxes of Lucan's poetry both a political irony that responds to the need for, yet suspicion of, ideology
Is Lucan's epic "Civil War" an example of ideological poetry at its most flagrant, or is it a work that desparingly proclaims the meaninglessness of ideology? Shadi Bartsch offers an answer to this split debate on the Roman poet's magnum opus.;Reflecting on the disintegration of the Roman Republic in the wake of the civil war that began in 49BC, Lucan (writing during the reign of Nero) recounts that fateful conflict with a strangely ambiguous portrayal of his republican hero, Pompey. Although the story is one of tragic defeat, the language of his epic is more often violent and nihilistic than heroic and tragic. Lucan is oddly fascinated by the graphic destruction of lives, the violation of human bodies - an interest paralleled in his deviant syntax and fragmented poetry.;In an analysis that draws on contemporary political thought ranging from Hannah Arendt and Richard Rorty to the poetry of Vietnam veternas, as well as on literary theory and ancient sources, Bartsch finds in the paradoxes of Lucan's poetry both a political irony that responds to the universally perceived need for, yet suspicion of, ideology, and a recourse to the redemptive power of storytelling
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-220) and index
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Subject Lucan, 39-65. Pharsalia.
Lucain (0039-0065). Guerre civile.
SUBJECT Pharsalia (Lucan) fast
Subject Epic poetry, Latin -- History and criticism
TRAVEL -- Special Interest -- Literary.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Ancient & Classical.
Epic poetry, Latin
War and literature
Pharsalia (Lucanus)
Rome -- History -- Civil War, 49-45 B.C. -- Literature and the war
Rome (Empire)
Rome -- 49-45 av. J.-C. (Guerre civile) -- Littérature et guerre.
Rome -- Dans la littérature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780674020559