Overview:The Taste for Nothingness: A Study of Virtus and Related Themes in Lucan's ""Bellum Civile - Lucan, the young and doomed epic poet of the Age of Nero, is represented by only one surviving work: the Bellum Civile, which takes as its theme the civil war that destroyed the Roman Republic. It is an epic unlike any other. Rejecting point by point the aesthetics of Vergil's Aeneid, it describes a society and a cosmos plunged into anarchy. Language is a casualty of this anarchy; all certitudes are lost, including those traditionally attached to the Latin word virtus: heroism on the battlefield, rectitude in the conduct of life. Lucan piteously exposes the inability of these concepts to survive in his nihilistic universe.In The Taste for Nothingness , Sklenar applies a close-reading methodology to Lucan's Bellum Civile to analyze Lucan's distortions of traditional epic forms. Sklenar's work will not only illuminate many passages of this author for classicists but also capture the attention of comparatists, as he draws fascinating comparisons between Lucan's aesthetics and those of other literary traditions. Medievalists and Renaissance specialists will find The Taste for Nothingness a readable treatment of an ancient author who casts a long shadow over the literature of those eras. Sklenar's work will also intrigue scholars of the nineteenth century decadent tradition, elucidating connections between Lucan's aesthetics and those of the fin-de-siecle tradition. From Sklenar's unique study, an even bolder Lucan emerges: a committed aesthete who regards art as the only realm in which order is possible.

This book is on page /a06b960ac9dc90216ed4e00b41bc8290/book/1603726367-9780472113101. It was written by the following authors: Robert Sklenar. Book The Taste for Nothingness: A Study of Virtus and Related Themes in Lucan's ""Bellum Civile, which can be read online, published by the company: The University of Michigan Press. Other books on similar topics can be found in sections: Criticism, Poetry, Drama. The book was published on 2003-05-31. It has 256 pages and is published in Hardback format and weight 499 g. File for download The Taste for Nothingness: A Study of Virtus and Related Themes in Lucan's ""Bellum Civile has PDF format and is called the-taste-for-nothingness-a-study-of-virtus-and-related-themes-in-lucans-bellum-civile.pdf. Other books you can download below. Our topcanal.eu site is not responsible for the content of PDF files.


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