Rumour and Renown: <EM>Representations of</EM> Fama <EM>in Western Literature</EM> by Philip HardieRumour and Renown: <EM>Representations of</EM> Fama <EM>in Western Literature</EM> by Philip Hardie

Rumour and Renown: <EM>Representations of</EM> Fama <EM>in Western Literature</EM>

byPhilip Hardie

Hardcover | March 19, 2012

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The Latin word fama means 'rumour', 'report', 'tradition', as well as modern English 'fame' or 'renown'. This magisterial and groundbreaking study in the literary and cultural history of rumour and renown, by one of the most influential living critics of Latin poetry, examines the intricate dynamics of their representations from Homer to Alexander Pope, with a focus on the power struggles played out within attempts to control the word, both spoken and written. Central are the personifications of Fama in Virgil and Ovid and the rich progeny spawned by them, but the book focuses on a wide range of genres other than epic, and on a variety of modes of narrating, dramatising, critiquing, and illustrating fama. Authors given detailed readings include Livy, Tacitus, Petrarch, Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Ben Jonson and Milton.
Title:Rumour and Renown: <EM>Representations of</EM> Fama <EM>in Western Literature</EM>Format:HardcoverDimensions:706 pages, 9.72 × 6.85 × 1.5 inPublished:March 19, 2012Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521620880

ISBN - 13:9780521620888


Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Hesiod and Homer: Virgilian beginnings; 3. Virgil's Fama; 4. Fame and defamation in the Aeneid; 5. Ovid: Metamorphoses; 6. Later epic: Lucan, Statius, Valerius Flaccus, Nonnus; 7. Roman historiography I: Livy; 8. Roman historiography II: Tacitus; 9. Fama and Amor; 10. Fame and blame: Spenser; 11. Christian conversions of Fama; 12. Petrarch: Trionfi, Africa; 13. Fama and power in early modern England: Shakespeare, Ben Jonson; 14. Milton: Samson Agonistes; 15. Plots of fame: Chaucer, Alexander Pope; 16. Visual representations of Fama.