Anonymous: Eneida navyvarat [The Aeneid Inside Out] (1345 words)

Aliaksandra Razor (University of California, Los Angeles)
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Eneida navyvarat [The Aeneid Turned Inside Out] is a Belarusian burlesque poem dating from the 1820s. Its plot is based on Virgil’s Aeneid, an epic written between 29 and 19 BC. Eneida navyvarat continues the tradition of travesties or mock epics, which are as old as the epic genre itself. If the original epics were written to glorify distant events of the past, thereby fulfilling the need to service the ideology of a nation-state, travesties were directed at subverting this classicist project by placing gods and epic heroes in a quotidian environment and linguistic milieu. The genre of travesties came to the Slavic lands via the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century West European literary tradition, namely Paul …

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Razor, Aliaksandra. "Eneida navyvarat". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 May 2016
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=35751, accessed 16 October 2018.]

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