Pater the Classicist: Classical Scholarship, Reception, and Aestheticism by Charles MartindalePater the Classicist: Classical Scholarship, Reception, and Aestheticism by Charles Martindale

Pater the Classicist: Classical Scholarship, Reception, and Aestheticism

EditorCharles Martindale, Stefano Evangelista, Elizabeth Prettejohn

Hardcover | April 8, 2017

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Pater the Classicist is the first book to address in detail Walter Pater's important contribution to the study of classical antiquity. Widely considered our greatest aesthetic critic and now best known as a precursor to modernist writers and post-modernist thinkers of the twentieth century,Pater was also a classicist by profession who taught at the University of Oxford. He wrote extensively about Greek art and philosophy, but also authored an influential historical novel set in ancient Rome, Marius the Epicurean, and a variety of short stories depicting the survival of classicalculture in later ages. These superficially diverging interests actually went closely hand-in-hand: it can plausibly be asserted that it is the classical tradition in its broadest sense, including the question of how to understand its workings and temporalities, which forms Pater's principal subjectas a writer. Although he initially approached antiquity obliquely, through the Italian Renaissance, for example, or the poetry of William Morris, later in his career he wrote more, and more directly, about the ancient world, and particularly about Greece, his first love. The essays in this collection cover all his major works and reveal a many-sided and inspirational figure, whose achievements helped to reinvigorate the classical studies that were the basis of the English educational system of the nineteenth century, and whose conception of Classics ascross-disciplinary and outward-looking can be a model to scholars and students today. They discuss his classicism generally, his fiction set in classical antiquity, his writings on Greek art and culture, and those on ancient philosophy, and in doing so they also illuminate Pater's position withinhis Victorian context, among figures such as J. A. Symonds, Henry Nettleship, Vernon Lee, and Jane Harrison, as well as his place in the study and reception of Classics today.
Charles Martindale is Emeritus Professor of Latin at the University of Bristol, having previously also held the position of Dean of Arts there. He has written widely on reception issues, reception theory, and the relationship between classical and English poetry, especially Shakespeare and Milton and the afterlives of Virgil, Horace, a...
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Title:Pater the Classicist: Classical Scholarship, Reception, and AestheticismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0 inPublished:April 8, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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FrontmatterList of ContributorsCharles Martindale: Introduction: Pater and Antiquity1. Classics and ClassicismIntroduction to Part 11. Isobel Hurst: Pater as Professional Classicist2. Benedicte Coste: Pater the Translator3. Stefano Evangelista and Katherine Harloe: Pater's 'Winckelmann': Aesthetic Criticism and Classical Reception4. Whitney Davis: Eternal Moment: Pater on the Temporality of the Classical Ideal in Art2. FictionsIntroduction to Part 25. Duncan Kennedy: Tibullus in Marius the Epicurean; or How to Read Pater's Fiction6. Richard Rutherford: Marcus the Stoic in Marius the Epicurean7. Shelley Hales: A Search for Home: The Representation of the Domestic in Marius the Epicurean8. James I. Porter: Reception, Receptivity, and Anachronism in Marius the Epicurean9. Caroline Vout: Pater's 'Apollo in Picardy': The Art of Scholarly Method3. Greek Art and CultureIntroduction to Part 310. Pater's 'Hippolytus Veiled': A Study from Euripidesa11. Charlotte Ribeyrol: Hellenic Utopias: Pater in the Footsteps of Pausanias12. Elizabeth Prettejohn: Pater on Sculpture13. Robert Fowler: Pater and Greek Religion4. PhilosophyIntroduction to Part 414. Giles Whiteley: Pater's Heraclitus: Irony and the Historical Method15. Lee Behlman and Kurt Lampe: Animism and Metaphysics in Pater's Platonism16. Daniel Orrells: Pater and Nettleship: A Platonic Education and the Politics of Disciplinarity17. Adam Lee: The Ethics of Contemplation: Pater's Reading of AristotleStephen Bann: AfterwordEndmatterGeneral Bibliography on Pater and the ClassicsIndex