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Nihil sine ratione facio: a Genettean reading of Petronius' Satyrica

Schwazer, Oliver; (2017) Nihil sine ratione facio: a Genettean reading of Petronius' Satyrica. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London).

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Abstract

My thesis is a narratological analysis of Petronius’ Satyrica, particularly of the first section taking place in South Italy (Petron. 1–99), based on the methodology and terminology of Gérard Genette. There are two main objectives for the present study, which are closely connected to each other. One the one hand, I wish to identify and analyse the narrative characteristics of the Satyrica, including a selection of its literary models and the ways in which they are imitated or transformed and embedded in a new narrative schema, as well as the impact, which those texts that are connected to it have on our interpretation of the work. My narratological investigation of transtextuality in the case of Petronius includes: the assessment of matters of onymity and pseudonymity, rhematic and thematic titles, and the real and implied author in the sections on para-, inter- and metatexts; features belonging to the categories of narrative voice, mood, and time in the section on the narration (‘narrating’) and the récit (‘narrative’); the hypertextual relationships between the Satyrica and a selection of its potential models or sources in the section on the histoire (‘story’); and the architext or genre of the Satyrica. The aim of helping us understand better and appreciate the learnedness of the author Petronius and the complex piece of literary work that he has created is closely connected to our historical assessment of the date of composition of the Satyrica. It has implications that immediately concern our interpretation of the work and beyond. Moving the date of composition of the Satyrica to the second century affects our perception of the Neronian age and our understanding of the development of Imperial Latin literature, more generally.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Nihil sine ratione facio: a Genettean reading of Petronius' Satyrica
Event: UCL (University College London)
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10038661
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