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Modernism and postmodernism in Antiquity, and the (post-)modernist reception of the Classical: from the Satyrica-novel by Petronius to the Satyricon-opera by Bruno Maderna

Danny Praet (UGent)
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This article discusses the reception of the ancient Latin Satyrica-novel by Bruno Maderna (1920 -1973). As Freddy Decreus has argued, the Neronian age, its literature, philosophy and political culture had many features in common with Postmodernity. Maderna was inspired by the fragmentary nature and by the playfulness of the fragments of this novel, in which Petronius played with literary genres and made an irreverent use of (amongst others) Homer and Vergil. The “postmodern” aspects of this work inspired Maderna, and explains many of the formal characteristics of his opera. The article discusses the view Maderna took on Antiquity in his other works and argues that, from the viewpoint of politics and sexuality, Maderna was actually less “post-modern” than Petronius himself.
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sexuality, Latin literature, ancient novel, opera, Petronius, postmodernism, intertextuality, Maderna

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Praet, Danny. 2011. “Modernism and Postmodernism in Antiquity, and the (post-)modernist Reception of the Classical: From the Satyrica-novel by Petronius to the Satyricon-opera by Bruno Maderna.” In Receptions of Antiquity, ed. Jan Nelis, 33–55. Ghent, Belgium: Academia Press.
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Praet, D. (2011). Modernism and postmodernism in Antiquity, and the (post-)modernist reception of the Classical: from the Satyrica-novel by Petronius to the Satyricon-opera by Bruno Maderna. In Jan Nelis (Ed.), Receptions of antiquity (pp. 33–55). Ghent, Belgium: Academia Press.
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Praet D. Modernism and postmodernism in Antiquity, and the (post-)modernist reception of the Classical: from the Satyrica-novel by Petronius to the Satyricon-opera by Bruno Maderna. In: Nelis J, editor. Receptions of antiquity. Ghent, Belgium: Academia Press; 2011. p. 33–55.
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Praet, Danny. “Modernism and Postmodernism in Antiquity, and the (post-)modernist Reception of the Classical: From the Satyrica-novel by Petronius to the Satyricon-opera by Bruno Maderna.” Receptions of Antiquity. Ed. Jan Nelis. Ghent, Belgium: Academia Press, 2011. 33–55. Print.
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