□ 1 [Aphorism]
A Theory of the Aphorism: From Confucius to Twitter
/ Hui, Andrew. 272 p. Princeton UP, 2019:03.
With clarity and precision, Hui demonstrates how aphorisms--ranging from China, Greece, and biblical antiquity to the European Renaissance and nineteenth century--encompass sweeping and urgent programs of thought. Constructed as literary fragments, aphorism open new lines of inquiry and horizons of interpretation. In this way, aphorisms have functioned as ancestors, allies, or antagonists to grand systems of philosophy.
□ 2 [Aristophanes]
Aristophanes' Wasps / Rothwell, Kenneth (Oxford Greek & Latin College Commentaries) 262 p. Oxford, 2019:01.
ISBN:9780190639716 pap \3,773
The characters of the Wasps make constant references to the everyday world they are living in: its political demagogues, court system, religious rituals, social niceties, class distinctions, diseases, clothes, food, toilets, paychecks, geography, weather, household items, literary and mythological allusions, military experiences, and much more. These references give the play its immediacy, but their unfamiliarity to modern students can pose a challenge.
□ 3 [Bakhtin, M.]
Inventing the Novel: Bakhtin and Petronius Face to Face
/ Branham, R. Bracht (Classics in Theory Series)
240 p. Oxford, 2019:09.
ISBN:9780198841272 pap \3,650
Bakhtin's work on the novel was deeply informed by his philosophical views: if, as a phenomenologist, he is a philosopher of consciousness, as a student of the novel, he is a philosopher of the history of consciousness, and it is the role of the novel in this history that held his attention. This volume seeks to lay out an argument in four parts that supports Bakhtin's sweeping assertion that the Satyrica plays an "immense" role in the history of the novel.
□ 4 [Classical Studies]
Seamus Heaney and the Classics: Bann Valley Muses
/ Harrison, Stephen et al. (ed) 336 p. Oxford, 2019.
Seamus Heaney made a significant contribution to classical reception in modern poetry; though occasional essays have appeared in the past, this volume is the first to be wholly dedicated to this perspective on his work. Comprising literary criticism by scholars of both classical reception and contemporary literature in English, it includes contributions from critics who are also poets, as well as from theatre practitioners on their interpretations and productions of Heaney's versions of Greek drama
□ 5 -Orality, Textuality, and the Homeric Epics: An Inter-disciplinary Study of Oral Texts, Dictated Texts, and Wild Texts / Ready, Jonathan L. 368 p. Oxford, 2019:07.
Written texts of the Iliad and the Odyssey achieved an unprecedented degree of standardization after 150 BCE, but what about Homeric texts prior to the emergence of standardized written texts? Jonathan L. Ready sheds light on that earlier history by drawing on scholarship from outside the discipline of classical studies to query from three different angles what it means to speak of Homeric poetry together with the word "text".
□ 6 -Pragmatics for Latin: From Syntax to Information Structure / Devine, A. M. and Laurence D. Stephens
248 p. Oxford, 2019.
Provides a descriptive analysis of Latin information structure based on detailed philological evidence and elaborates a syntax-pragmatics interface that formalizes the informational content of the various different word orders. Using a slightly adjustedversion of the structured meanings theory, the book shows how the pragmatic meanings matching the different word orders arise naturally and spontaneously out of the compositional process as an integral part of a single semantic derivation covering (Semantics for Latin (2013) )
□ 7 [Comparative Literature]
Homer's Daughters: Women's Responses to Homer in the Twentieth Century and Beyond / Cox, Fiona and E. Theodorakopoulos (ed) (Classical Presences) 368 p. Oxford, 2019:09.
From surrealism to successive waves of feminism to creative futures, Homer's footprint can be seen in a multitude of different literary and political movements, and the essays in this volume bring an array of critical approaches to bear on the work of authors ranging from H.D. and Simone Weil to Christa Wolf, Margaret Atwood, and Kate Tempest.
□ 8 -Extreme Domesticity: A View from the Margins
/ Fraiman, Susan (Gender and Culture Series )
200 p. Columbia UP, 2019:11.
ISBN:9780231166355 pap \4,264
Susan Fraiman is professor of English at the University of Virginia. Her Columbia University Press publications include Cool Men and the Second Sex (2003) and Unbecoming Women: British Women Writers and the Novel of Development (1994).
□ 9 [Gilgamesh]
Gilgamesh: The Life of a Poem / Schmidt, Michael
144 p. Princeton UP, 2019:09.
In this illuminating book, Schmidt discusses the special fascination Gilgamesh holds for contemporary poets, arguing that part of its appeal is its captivating otherness. He reflects on the work of leading poets such as Charles Olson, Louis Zukofsky, and Yusef Komunyakaa, whose own encounters with the poem are revelatory, and he reads its many translations and editions to bring it vividly to life for readers.
□ 10 [Greek Comedy]
Laughter on the Fringes: The Reception of Old Comedy in the Imperial Greek World / Peterson, Anna. 240 p. Oxford, 2019.
Examines the impact that Athenian Old Comedy had on Greek writers of the imperial era. It is generally acknowledged that imperial-era Greeks responded to Athenian Old Comedy in one of two ways: either as a treasure trove of Atticisms or as a genre defined by and repudiated for its aggressive humor.
□ 11 [Hearn, L.]
Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn / Codrescu, Andrei (ed)
(Oddly Modern Fairy Tales) 216 p. Princeton UP, 2019:07.
ISBN:9780691167756 pap \3,100
With an introduction by Andrei Codrescu discussing Hearn’s life and work, as well as a foreword by Jack Zipes, Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn provides a unique window into one writer’s multicultural literary journey.
□ 12 [Humour]
Humour / Eagleton, Terry. 178 p. Yale UP, 2019.
Packed with illuminating ideas and a good many excellent jokes, the book critically examines various well-known theories of humour, including the idea that it springs from incongruity and the view that it reflects a mildly sadistic form of superiority to others. Drawing on a wide range of literary and philosophical sources, Terry Eagleton moves from Aristotle and Aquinas to Hobbes, Freud, and Bakhtin, looking in particular at the psychoanalytical mechanisms underlying humour.
□ 13 [Liddell and Scott]
Liddell and Scott: The History, Methodology, and Languages of the World's Leading Lexicon of Ancient Greek / Stray, Christopher et al. (ed) 456 p. Oxford, 2019:09.
The Greek-English Lexicon of Liddell and Scott is one of the most famous dictionaries in the world, and for the past century-and-a-half has been a constant and indispensable presence in teaching, learning, and research on ancient Greek throughout the English-speaking world and beyond. Despite continuous modification and updating, it is still recognizably a Victorian creation; at the same time, however, it carries undiminished authority
□ 14 [Literary Criticism]
Crises of the Sentence / Mieszkowski, Jan
272 p. Chicago UP, 2019:04.
ISBN:9780226617190 pap \3,712
There are few forms in which so much authority has been invested with so little reflection as the sentence. Though a fundamental unit of discourse, it has rarely been an explicit object of inquiry, often taking a back seat to concepts such as the word, trope, line, or stanza.
□ 15 -A History of Ambiguity / Ossa-Richardson, Anthony
469 p. Princeton UP, 2019.
Ever since it was first published in 1930, William Empson’s Seven Types of Ambiguity has been perceived as a milestone in literary criticism-far from being an impediment to communication, ambiguity now seemed an index of poetic richness and expressive power. Little, however, has been written on the broader trajectory of Western thought about ambiguity before Empson; as a result, the nature of his innovation has been poorly understood.
□ 16 [Loeb Classical Library]
Menander Rhetor. Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Ars Rhetorica / Race, William H. (ed/tr) (Loeb Classical Library 539) 462 p. Harvard UP, 2019:06.
This volume contains three rhetorical treatises dating probably from the reign of Diocletian (AD 285-312) that provide instruction on how to compose epideictic (display) speeches for a wide variety of occasions both public and private. Two are attributed to one Menander Rhetor of Laodicea (in southwestern Turkey); the third, known as the Ars Rhetorica, incorrectly to the earlier historian and literary critic Dionysius of Halicarnassus.
□ 17 [Metonymy]
Rethinking Metonymy: Literary Theory and Poetic Practice from Pindar to Jakobson / Matzner, S.
(Classics in Theory) 311 p. Oxford, 2016/2019:09.
ISBN:9780198724285 pap \3,518
Advances a ground-breaking new study of metonymy, filling a gap in literary analytical scholarship. Contains rigorous analysis of extensive examples from a wide range of literary sources, including classical Greek tragedy and lyric poetry and German Romantic poetry.
□ 18 [Poetry]
Poetry, A Very Short Introduction / O'Donoghue, B.
(Very Short Introductions 614) 160 p. Oxford, 2019.
ISBN:9780199229116 pap \1,480
... is an Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College, where he taught Medieval English and Modern Irish Poetry. Also a poet and a literary critic, his poetry collection Gunpowder (1995) was awarded the 1995 Whitbread Poetry Award. His books include The Cambridge Companion to Seamus Heaney (2008) and Reading the Cambridge Companion to Seamus Heaney (2015) and Reading Chaucer's Poems: A Guided Selection (Faber, 2015). In 2006, his translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
□ 19 [Renaissance Studies]
Giannozzo Manetti, On Human Worth and Execellence
/ Copernhaver, Brian P. (ed/tr) (The I Tatti Renaissance Library, 85) 362 p. Harvard UP, 2019.
In this treatise, dedicated to Alfonso of Aragon, King of Naples, Manetti addresses a question central to the anthropology of the Renaissance: what are the moral, intellectual, and spiritual capabilities of the unique amalgam of body and soul that constitutes human nature? The treatise takes issue with a popular work of medieval asceticism, On the Misery of the Human Condition, written by none other than Innocent III, one of the greatest of medieval popes.
□ 20 [Tale of Genji ]
Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji: Philosophical Perspectives / McMullen, James (ed) (Oxford Studies in Philosophy and Literature) 304 p. Oxford, 2019.
ISBN:9780190654986 pap \3,493
Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji is variously read as a work of feminist protest, the world's first psychological novel and even as a post-modern masterpiece. Commonly seen as Japan's greatest literary work, its literary, cultural, and historical sign significance has been thoroughly acknowledged. As a work focused on the complexities of Japanese court life in the Heian period, however, The Tale of Genji has never before been the subject of philosophical investigation.