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The Poetics of Redundancy in Vergil's Aeneid

Fri. Oct. 5 03:30 PM - Fri. Oct. 5 04:30 PM
Contact: Peter J. Miller, pj.miller@uwinnipeg.ca
Location: 3D01

Professor Andrea Rotstein, Tel Aviv University

How does poetry mean anything and how do poets make meaning? The Roman poet Vergil has the tendency to say similar things twice, and this practice - Theme and Variation - is a striking feature of Vergil's style. Taking a comparative approach, this talk explored the rhetorical functions of redundancy in Vergil's masterpiece, the Aeneid. Prof. Rotstein suggests possible gains from communicative and cognitive points of view.