Dream, Fantasy, And Visual Art In Roman Elegy

Paperback | June 29, 2015

byEmma Scioli

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The elegists, ancient Rome’s most introspective poets, filled their works with vivid, first-person accounts of dreams. Dream, Fantasy, and Visual Art in Roman Elegy examines these varied and visually striking textual dreamscapes, arguing that the poets exploited dynamics of visual representation to allow readers to share in the intensely personal experience of dreaming.
            By treating dreams as a mode for viewing, an analogy suggested by diverse ancient authors, Emma Scioli extracts new information from the poetry of Propertius, Tibullus, and Ovid about the Roman concept of “seeing” dreams. Through comparison with other visual modes of description, such as ekphrasis and simile, as well as with related types of visual experience, such as fantasy and voyeurism, Scioli demonstrates similarities between artist, dreamer, and poet as creators, identifying the dreamer as a particular type of both viewer and narrator.

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The elegists, ancient Rome’s most introspective poets, filled their works with vivid, first-person accounts of dreams. Dream, Fantasy, and Visual Art in Roman Elegy examines these varied and visually striking textual dreamscapes, arguing that the poets exploited dynamics of visual representation to allow readers to share in the intense...

Emma Scioli is an associate professor of classics at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. She is the coeditor of Sub Imagine Somni: Nighttime Phenomena in Greco-Roman Culture.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:June 29, 2015Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299303845

ISBN - 13:9780299303846

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations                
Acknowledgments                 
 
Introduction               
1 Dream Description and Visual Experience in Latin Poetry            
2 Fantasy and Creativity in Tibullus 1.5                   
3 Transforming the Lover: Nightmare, Commentary, and Image in Propertius 2.26a                       
4 The Visual Dreamscape of Propertius 3.3              
5 Sleeper's Dream/Viewer's Image: Rhea Silvia's Dream in Ovid's Fasti Book 3                   
Conclusion                 
 
Notes             
Bibliography              
Index

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“The close readings are, on the whole, executed with sophistication and are instructive for considering narrative dynamics.”—Bryn Mawr Classical Review