Virgils Schoolboys: The Poetics of Pedagogy in Renaissance England

Hardcover | December 25, 2010

byAndrew Wallace

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Virgil's Schoolboys adds a new layer of complexity to Virgil's already complex pedagogical afterlife. Reading the ancient Roman poet as an adventurous theorist of instruction, Andrew Wallace examines the relationship between his serial meditations on teaching in the Eclogues, Georgics, andAeneid, and the pedagogical theories and practices that dominated the spaces in which his poems came to be taught in the grammar schools of Renaissance England. Wallace argues not only that Virgil was a keen student of the elusive operations of instruction, but that vitae and scholia from antiquityto the Renaissance preserve a broad range of fractured acknowledgements that pedagogical questions supply his poems with their characteristic intellectual texture. In grammar schools all across Renaissance England 'the book of Maro' was a gateway to upper-form studies of the auctores. Even moresignificantly, it was a gateway to some of humanist pedagogy's most self-conscious meditations on the promise and fragility of the educational project.

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Virgil's Schoolboys adds a new layer of complexity to Virgil's already complex pedagogical afterlife. Reading the ancient Roman poet as an adventurous theorist of instruction, Andrew Wallace examines the relationship between his serial meditations on teaching in the Eclogues, Georgics, andAeneid, and the pedagogical theories and practi...

Andrew Wallace is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Carleton University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pagesPublished:December 25, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199591245

ISBN - 13:9780199591244

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Poet as Schoolbook2. Pastoral and the Painful Schoolmaster3. Placement and Pedagogy in the Georgics4. Forgetting EpicConclusion: 'Virgilius poetarum doctissimus'