Silence in Catullus by Benjamin Eldon StevensSilence in Catullus by Benjamin Eldon Stevens

Silence in Catullus

byBenjamin Eldon Stevens

Paperback | December 18, 2013

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Both passionate and artful, learned and bawdy, Catullus is one of the best-known and critically significant poets from classical antiquity. An intriguing aspect of his poetry that has been neglected by scholars is his interest in silence, from the pauses that shape everyday conversation to linguistic taboos and cultural suppressions and the absolute silence of death.
            In Silence in Catullus, Benjamin Eldon Stevens offers fresh readings of this Roman poet's most important works, focusing on his purposeful evocations of silence. This deep and varied "poetics of silence" takes on many forms in Catullus's poetic corpus: underscoring the lyricism of his poetry; highlighting themes of desire, immortality-in-culture, and decay; accenting its structures and rhythms; and, Stevens suggests, even articulating underlying philosophies. Combining classical philological methods, contemporary approaches to silence in modern literature, and the most recent Catullan scholarship, this imaginative examination of Catullus offers a new interpretation of one of the ancient world's most influential and inimitable voices.
Benjamin Eldon Stevens is a visiting assistant professor of classics at Trinity University in San Antonio.
Title:Silence in CatullusFormat:PaperbackDimensions:354 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:December 18, 2013Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments                                  
Introduction: Toward a Poetics of Silence in Catullus                                  
1 Natural and Sociocultural Silence in C. 6                            
2 Orality and Sexualized Silence in Cc. 5, 7, 74, 80, 88, 116, and 16                        
3 Poets, Poems, and Poetry: Cc. 22 and 36 (plus 50)                                   
4 The Natural Silence of Death, Part 1: Cc. 65 and 68(a)                              
5 The Natural Silence of Death, Part 2: Cc. 65 and 101 (with 96, 100, and 102)                 
6 "Feminized" Voices and Their Silences, Part 1: C. 64                                
7 "Feminized" Voices and Their Silences, Part 2: Cc. 63 and 51                               
Works Cited                           

Editorial Reviews

“A valuable addition to scholarship on Catullus and Latin poetry. By calling attention to what is not, should not, or simply cannot be said in poetic speech, it reveals paradoxical but intimate relationships between the words we say and the silences surrounding them that give them meaning.”— Classical Review