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The Resource Plant of a Strange Vine : Oratio Corrupta and the Poetics of Senecan Tragedy, Robert John Sklenár

Plant of a Strange Vine : Oratio Corrupta and the Poetics of Senecan Tragedy, Robert John Sklenár

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Plant of a Strange Vine : Oratio Corrupta and the Poetics of Senecan Tragedy
Title
Plant of a Strange Vine
Title remainder
Oratio Corrupta and the Poetics of Senecan Tragedy
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Robert John Sklenár
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Language
  • eng
  • lat
  • eng
Summary
This book studies Seneca's poetic drama from a novel point of view. Whereas most criticism of Seneca's dramas has tended to focus on their relationship to Stoicism, I approach them from the perspective of Seneca's own theory of literary decadence, which he sets forth in the 114th of his letters to Lucilius. His theory can be summed up as follows: the various forms of stylistic corruption are the result of a straining for effect, which itself reflects a taste for the extreme. A writer or speaker's stylistic vices thus mirror the vices of his character; they also reflect the vices of the time and place in which he lives, since every user of language is conditioned by his environment. What is especially striking about Seneca's discussion is that a number of the vices he lists - hyperbole, disruption of natural word order, excessive metaphor - are notable features of the poetic style of his own dramas. I argue for a rehabilitation of the 'decadent' style of Seneca's tragedies: in Seneca's hands, this style is a precise diagnostic tool for revealing the self-destructive irrationality that governs not only the individual, but also his society and the entire universe
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Sklenár, Robert John,
Dewey number
100
Index
no index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Beiträge zur Altertumskunde
Series volume
363
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  • Seneca, Lucius Annaeus
  • Seneca, Lucius Annaeus
  • Latin drama (Tragedy)
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Plant of a Strange Vine : Oratio Corrupta and the Poetics of Senecan Tragedy, Robert John Sklenár
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 97-98) and index
Contents
  • Subject index
  • Frontmatter
  • Foreword
  • Contents
  • Chapter One. Letter 114 and the Poetics of Decadence
  • Chapter Two. A Senecan Reading of Seneca's Oedipus, Part I
  • Chapter Three. A Senecan Reading of Seneca's Oedipus, Part II
  • Chapter Four. Seneca and Neronian Aesthetics
  • Bibliography
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on1004868378
Extent
1 online resource (107 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9783110517729
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eBooks on EBSCOhost
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1004868378
Label
Plant of a Strange Vine : Oratio Corrupta and the Poetics of Senecan Tragedy, Robert John Sklenár
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 97-98) and index
Contents
  • Subject index
  • Frontmatter
  • Foreword
  • Contents
  • Chapter One. Letter 114 and the Poetics of Decadence
  • Chapter Two. A Senecan Reading of Seneca's Oedipus, Part I
  • Chapter Three. A Senecan Reading of Seneca's Oedipus, Part II
  • Chapter Four. Seneca and Neronian Aesthetics
  • Bibliography
Control code
on1004868378
Extent
1 online resource (107 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9783110517729
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1004868378

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