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Cento: a poetics of derivation



Year of publication 2012
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description Centos (i.e. patchwork texts made up of quotations taken from canonical authors) constituted a part of literary history from Greek and Roman antiquity until the eighteenth century. The paper discusses the somewhat controversial cento poetics in relation to the changing notions of originality and secondariness in literature (the ideal of imitation in classicist aesthetics versus the Romantic concept of creative genius).

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