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FB-51688-05Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsIlaria MarchesiPliny's Poetics of Prose: A Study of Intertextuality in the Formation of a Literary Genre9/1/2005 - 8/31/2006$40,000.00Ilaria Marchesi   Hofstra UniversityHempsteadNY11549-1000USA2004ClassicsFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs400000400000

My project is a study of intertextuality in the letters of Pliny the Younger, a Roman senator who published nine books of private correspondence between the end of the first century and the beginning of the second century CE. I argue that Pliny devised a strategy of "literarization" of his epistles, by implementing a carefully planned program of literary allusions throughout the collection. By inserting in his letters clearly recognizable fragments of canonical poets and prose writers, Pliny imported into the confines of the undertheorized and still fluid practice of letter-writing the principles of composition and organization which characterized other works as "literature" in the eyes of contemporary readership.