The Neo-Latin Epigram
A Learned and Witty Genre
Edited by Susanna De Beer, Karl A.E. Enenkel, and David Rijsser
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Edited volume - paperback
The epigram is certainly one of the most intriguing, while at the same time most elusive, genres of Neo-Latin literature. From the end of the fifteenth century, almost every humanist writer who regarded himself a true ‘poeta’ had composed a respectable number of epigrams. Given our sense of poetical aesthetics, be it idealistic, post-idealistic, modern or post-modern, the epigrammatic genre is difficult to understand. Because of its close ties with the historical and social context, it does not fit any of these aesthetic approaches. By presenting various epigram writers, collections and subgenres from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century, this volume offers a first step towards a better understanding of some of the features of humanist epigram literature.
Contributions by: Karl A.E. Enenkel, Stephan Busch, Marc D. Lauxtermann, Jan Bloemendal, Donatella Coppini, David Rijser, Susanna De Beer, Christoph Pieper, Han Lamers, Maarten Jansen, Tobias Leuker, Juliette A. Groenland, Johannes Jansen, Moniek van Oosterhout, Ingrid D. Rowland.
Karl A.E. ENENKEL, Introduction: The Neo-Latin Epigram: Humanist
Self-Definition in a Learned and Witty Discourse
Stephan BUSCH, Versus ex variis locis deducti. On Ancient Collections
Marc D. LAUXTERMANN, Janus Lascaris and the Greek Anthology
Jan BLOEMENDAL, The Epigram in Early Modern Literary Theory:
Vossius’s Poeticae Institutiones
Donatella COPPINI, The Comic and the Obscene in the Latin Epigrams
of the Early Fifteenth Century
David RIJSER, The Practical Function of High Renaissance Epigram:
The Case of Raphael’s Grave
Susanna DE BEER, The Pointierung of Giannantonio Campano’s
Epigrams: Theory and Practice
Christoph PIEPER, Genre Negotiations: Cristoforo Landino’s Xandra
Between Elegy and Epigram
Han LAMERS, Marullo’s Imitations of Catullus in the Context of his
Maarten JANSEN, Epigramma cultum and the Anthologia Palatina:
Case Studies from Michael Marullus’ Epigrammata
Tobias LEUKER, Incisività sublime: l’arte epigrammatica di Aurelio
Orsi nel giudizio di Giambattista Marino
Juliette A. GROENLAND, Epigrams Teaching Humanist Lessons: The
Pointed Poems and Poetics of the Latin School Teacher Joannes
Murmellius (c. 1480-1517)
Johannes JANSEN, The Microcosmos of the Baroque Epigram:
John Owen and Julien Waudré
Moniek VAN OOSTERHOUT, Hugo Grotius and the Epigram
Ingrid D. ROWLAND, Angelo Colocci’s Collections of Epigrams
Format: Edited volume - paperback
Size: 240 × 160 × 20 mm
Publication: December 24, 2009
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Karl Enenkel is Professor of Latin Philology of the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU), Münster.
Susanna De Beer is post-doctoral researcher in Neo-Latin at Leiden University.
Pardon the pun, so common in epigrammatic poetry: this is a great book about small poems. In fact, it is a work that goes beyond its primary goal of gathering and publishing the fifteen papers presented at the conference The Neo-Latin Epigram. Towards the Definition of a Genre, held at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR), in April 2006. It achieves an additional objective: to become an essential reference work for the study not only of Neo- Latin epigrammatic poetry but also of the epigram in general.
Reviewed by Ricardo da Cunha Lima, Universidade de São Paulo (email@example.com), Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2011.09.16
The volume concludes with a genial essay by Ingrid Rowland on Angelo Colocci's collection of epigrams, emphasizing his contribution to our knowledge of metrics in medieval and humanist poetry. It is admittedly a difficult task to pin down the essence of the epigram, but these essays provide good insights into its elusive character.
CHARLES FANTAZZI, East Carolina University, Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 64, No. 1 (Spring 2011), pp. 166-167