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Lesley Dean-Jones, Chair 2210 Speedway, Mail Code C3400, Austin, TX 78712-1738 • 512-471-5742

Spring 2010

LAT 385 • Elegy

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32990 WF
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
WAG 10

Course Description

This course will provide a survey of the genre of Roman erotic elegy together with its antecedents in classical and Hellenistic Greek poetry. The course will discuss issues and approaches such as intertextuality and allusion, parody, appropriation of poetic subgenres, genre-mixing, authenticity and the development of a distinctive poetic voice, attitudes concerning gender and sexuality, and the relationship of poetry to contemporary Roman politics. Some attention will also be paid to basic matters of textual history and criticism. The course will begin by examining the earliest extant examples of Roman elegy in the four elegiac poems of Catullus (65-68), and also devote some consideration to his amatory epigrams and what we know of his predecessors in that genre. We shall then move to an in-depth treatment of Propertius: we shall read Book I (the "Monobiblos") straight through and discuss issues of structure and arrangement, including the concept of the Augustan poetry book. We shall then treat several thorny problems of poem division in Book II, Propertius' Callimachean program poems in Book III, and finally turn to representative etiological elegies in Book IV and their relationship to the Augustan cultural program. Next we shall examine Tibullus' development of elegy into a form of extended stream-of-consciousness meditation as well as political panegyric, and shall give some brief consideration to the various poets of the Corpus Tibullianum, including the adolescent poetess Sulpicia. The course will conclude with a selective treatment of Ovid's parodic inversion of elegiac conventions in the Amores. The final grade for this course will be based on a substantial research paper (50%), periodic translation quizzes (25%), and class participation, including oral reports (25%). Texts: E. A. Barber, Sexti Properti Carmina E. J. Kenney, P. Ovidi Nasonis Amores etc. George Luck, Tibullus Michael Putnam, Tibullus: A Commentary L Richardson Propertius: Elegies IIV


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