Cassandra and the Poetics of Prophecy in Greek and Latin Literature

Author:   Emily Pillinger (King's College London)
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
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9781108473934


Pages:   274
Publication Date:   11 April 2019
Format:   Hardback
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Cassandra and the Poetics of Prophecy in Greek and Latin Literature


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This book explores the miscommunications of the prophet Cassandra - cursed to prophesy the truth but never to be understood until too late - in Greek and Latin poetry. Using insights from the field of translation studies, the book focuses on the dialogic interactions that take place between the articulation and the realization of Cassandra's prophecies in five canonical ancient texts, stretching from Aeschylus' to Seneca's Agamemnon. These interactions are dogged by confusion and misunderstanding, but they also show a range of interested parties engaged in creatively 'translating' meaning for themselves from Cassandra's ostensibly nonsensical voice. Moreover, as the figure of Cassandra is translated from one literary work into another, including into the Sibyl of Virgil's Aeneid, her story of tragic communicative disability develops into an optimistic metaphor for literary canon-formation. Cassandra invites us to reconsider the status and value of even the most riddling of female prophets in ancient poetry.

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Author:   Emily Pillinger (King's College London)
Publisher:   Cambridge University Press
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.70cm , Height: 1.90cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   0.530kg
ISBN:  

9781108473934


ISBN 10:   1108473938
Pages:   274
Publication Date:   11 April 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  Professional & Vocational ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Introduction: translating Cassandra; 1. Understanding too much: Aeschylus' Agamemnon; 2. Rewriting her-story: Euripides' Trojan Women; 3. A scholarly prophet: Lycophron's Alexandra; 4. Greco-Roman Sibylline scripts: Virgil's Aeneid; 5. Cassandra translated: Seneca's Agamemnon; Conclusion: transposing Cassandra.

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Emily Pillinger is Lecturer in Classics at King's College London. Her research interests range across Latin (and some Greek) poetry and poetics, focusing on themes that describe the power and fragility of both spoken and written communications: she has written on poetry associated with the utterance of prophecies and curses, with letter-writing, and with inscribed monuments. She also works on the reception of the ancient world, and particularly on the influence of Greco-Roman myth and history in music composed after the Second World War.

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