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Ut imago poesis: a pastiche of Virgil and Ovid in the cento Narcissus



Year of publication 2009
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Graeco-Latina Brunensia
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords Virgilian centos; Narcissus; intertextuality; deconstruction; mirror stage
Description The aim of the paper is to produce a close textual analysis of the short Virgilian cento Narcissus (AL 9 R), which has so far attracted only little attention of classical scholarship. An examination of the compositional structure of the poem, its imagery and register, and its significant allusions to both Virgil and other Latin treatments of the Narcissus myth is provided. Further, the underlying metatextual significance of the Narcissus, as well as the possibilities of its interpretation in terms of the Lacanian concept of the "mirror stage" and Derridean deconstruction, is discussed.
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