Aeneas Takes the Metro: The Presence of Virgil in Twentieth-century French Literature

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Legenda, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 228 pages
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This study traces Virgil's journey through twentieth-century France by examining his profile in the works of Gide, Aragon, Valery, Pagnol, Klossowski, Butor, Simon and Pinget, and by looking at how their Virgilian appropriations complement and modify current readings of the "Aeneid" and other works. His presence in these works provides insights not only into modern French culture but into the Virgilian oeuvre itself. This process of mutual illumination is highlighted in Cox's argument by theories of intertextuality and dialogism. Although Virgil's presence in French literature is characterized by its focus on exile and uncertainty, Cox's study reaffirms the multivalency of this great European poet and his continuing relevance at the turn of the millennium.

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Contents

Intertextual Virgil
16
French Virgilian Criticism and the Importance of Broch
29
Songs of War
57
Copyright

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Fiona Cox is a Lecturer in French at University College, Cork. Her research interests include the reception of classical poetry and the idea of poetic vocation in nineteenth-century France. She has published on Hermann Broch and Pierre Klossowski.

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