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Cento-Texts in the Making:

Aesthetics and Poetics of Cento-Techniques from Homer to Zong!


Manuel Baumbach (Ed.)


Cento-texts represent an extreme case of intertextuality. In gathering material from different sources and weaving it together they form a patchwork, which is in constant dialogue with the literary tradition. The different components can take on new meanings and, at the same time, refer back to their original contexts. This interdisciplinary volume explores different cento-techniques from Antiquity to the present day. It focusses upon poetological reflections, which are often linked with or even inscribed in the usage of cento-techniques, and it takes into account varied understandings of cento-writings in the history of reception. The contributions compare different cultural traditions and approach cento-techniques from an aesthetical point of view. They examine questions of authorship, authorization and fragmentarization. They ask which metaphors or concepts are used to describe cento-techniques (e.g. bees, weaving, hooking, bricolage), and they discuss the poiesis of cento-texts in the Aristotelian sense of ‘being made‘.

The arrangement of the contributions in this volume is centonic insofar they are neither ordered chronologically nor according to specific topics. Rather, they form a patchwork, which invites the reader to compare different methodological approaches of dealing with cento-texts from Homer to Zong!


Manuel Baumbach: Selecting, Cutting and Weaving Texts: The Poiesis of Cento-Writings

Rowena Fowler: Ezra Pound’s Rag-Bag: The Cantos as Cento

Timo Christian: Homerische Glossen und Rezeptionsniveaus in den Homerocentones

Julia Heideklang: Hos Centones: Otto Brunfels’ Herbarum vivae eicones (1530) and Contrafayt Krëutterbuch (1532)

Mali Skotheim: Reading Environmental Devastation through Vergil’s Eclogues in 18th Century Mexico: Don Bruno Francisco Larrañaga’s La America Socorrida (1786)

Johanna-Charlotte Horst: “I prefer not to... say it myself”: On Georges Perec’s Composite Work Un homme qui dort

Linda Simonis: Cento Techniques in Pierre de Ronsard’s Franciad

Sally Baumann, Lukas Spielhofer: Intertextual and Metapoetic Aspects in Ausoniusʼs Cento nuptialis (Cent. nupt. 12-32; 57-66)

Maurice Parussel: Ein Cento im intertextuellen Gewebe: Zur Schreibweise des Reisebriefes Konrads von Querfurt

Mark A. McCutcheon: Paratextual and “Sampladelic” Techniques for “Committing Centonism” in Contemporary Poetry Published in Canada

Sina Dell’Anno: „Der Philolog redet nicht selbst“ – Zur Cento-Technik Johann Georg Hamanns

Moritz Rauchhaus: Unity through Intertextuality: The Portrayal of Giovanni da Procida in the Cento-Novel Aventuroso Ciciliano (ca. 1333)

Maria Teresa Galli: Cento Technique in Lelio Capilupi’s Patchwork Poem for Cristoforo Madruzzo

Emanuela Ferragamo: Morgensterns Cento: Eine Analyse des Essays Nietzsche, der Erzieher (1896)

Jodok Trösch: Cento, quodlibet, or Compilation? Combinatorial Techniques of Citation in Fischart’s Geschichtklitterung


ISBN 978-3-86821-945-6, 296 S., geb., Euro 45,-    2022

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