The Resource Virgil and the moderns, Theodore Ziolkowski

Virgil and the moderns, Theodore Ziolkowski

Label
Virgil and the moderns
Title
Virgil and the moderns
Statement of responsibility
Theodore Ziolkowski
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Virgil has permeated modern culture like no other icon of Western civilization. In the United States, for example, three of his phrases appear on the dollar bill, and his Aeneid was often cited as a model for the nation's westward expansion. Theodore Ziolkowski traces the impact of the Roman poet into the twentieth century, showing how the Aeneid the Eclogues and the Georgics supplied the patterns, images, values, and often the very words used in key works of modern literature. Focusing on American and European writing produced between 1914 and 1945 - when Virgil figured prominently in works by Auden, Broch, Eliot, Frost, and Gide, and by Tate, Ungaretti, Valery and Wilder - this comparative analysis reveals a major cultural period in a fascinating new light
  • Ziolkowski argues that after World War I people came to understand Virgil in a new way: exposed to the rhetoric of totalitarian dictators, and having experienced social upheaval and economic disaster, they recognized in his poetry similar stresses and noted in it a dark aspect not received by earlier generations. Exploring a wide range of modern works, the author demonstrates how preferences for Virgil's poems varied significantly among countries and individuals and how these texts provided a mirror in which readers found what they wished: populism or elitism, fascism or democracy, commitment or escapism. In his closing thoughts, Ziolkowski addresses the current decline of classical learning in the United States and encourages us to reclaim Virgil as an invaluable cultural possession
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ziolkowski, Theodore
Dewey number
871/.01
Index
index present
LC call number
PA6825
LC item number
.Z56 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Virgil
  • Latin poetry
  • Literature, Modern
  • Modernism (Literature)
  • Rome
Label
Virgil and the moderns, Theodore Ziolkowski
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Ch. 1. Introduction. The Crisis of History. The Roman Analogy in Modern Thought. The Bimillennial Celebrations -- Ch. 2. The Ideological Lives. The Ancient Vitae. The Popularized Virgil. The Protofascist Virgil. The Proto-Christian Virgil -- Ch. 3. Virgil on the Continent. The French Bucoliasts. The German Millennialists. The Italian Hermeticists -- Ch. 4. Virgil in Britain. The Eclogues Parodied. The Modern Georgicists. The Case of T.S. Eliot. Annus Mirabilis Virgilianus. The Aeneid Ironized -- Ch. 5. Virgil in the New World. The Political Eclogue. Virgil with a Southern Accent. Aeneas Americanus. The Detractors -- Ch. 6. Virgil Redivivus. Virgilius Redux. The Case of Hermann Broch. Other "Deaths of Virgil" -- Ch. 7. Conclusion. Virgil in a Post-Virgilian Age. The Meaning of Virgil's Survival
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 274 p.
Isbn
9780691032481
Lccn
92041209
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u928633-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AIG-0371
  • 02113
  • (OCoLC)27109426
Label
Virgil and the moderns, Theodore Ziolkowski
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Ch. 1. Introduction. The Crisis of History. The Roman Analogy in Modern Thought. The Bimillennial Celebrations -- Ch. 2. The Ideological Lives. The Ancient Vitae. The Popularized Virgil. The Protofascist Virgil. The Proto-Christian Virgil -- Ch. 3. Virgil on the Continent. The French Bucoliasts. The German Millennialists. The Italian Hermeticists -- Ch. 4. Virgil in Britain. The Eclogues Parodied. The Modern Georgicists. The Case of T.S. Eliot. Annus Mirabilis Virgilianus. The Aeneid Ironized -- Ch. 5. Virgil in the New World. The Political Eclogue. Virgil with a Southern Accent. Aeneas Americanus. The Detractors -- Ch. 6. Virgil Redivivus. Virgilius Redux. The Case of Hermann Broch. Other "Deaths of Virgil" -- Ch. 7. Conclusion. Virgil in a Post-Virgilian Age. The Meaning of Virgil's Survival
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xv, 274 p.
Isbn
9780691032481
Lccn
92041209
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u928633-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AIG-0371
  • 02113
  • (OCoLC)27109426

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