Ancient Epistolary Fictions
The Letter in Greek Literature
By (author) Patricia A. Rosenmeyer
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Ancient Epistolary Fictions by Patricia A. Rosenmeyer
Book DescriptionA comprehensive look at fictive letters in Greek literature from Homer to Philostratus, first published in 2001. It includes both embedded epistolary narratives in a variety of genres (epic, historiography, tragedy, the novel), and works consisting solely of letters, such as the pseudonymous letter collections and the invented letters of the Second Sophistic. The book challenges the notion that Ovid 'invented' the fictional letter form in his Heroides and considers a wealth of Greek antecedents for the later European epistolary novel tradition. Epistolary technique always problematizes the boundaries between fictionality and reality. Based on a process of selection and self-censorship, the letter is a construction, not a reflection, of reality. The author bypasses the question of sincerity for a close look at epistolary self-representation, the function of the letter form and the nature of the relationship between writer and reader in a wide range of ancient Greek texts.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521028943
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Patricia A. Rosenmeyer
Poetics of Imitation, Paperback (November 2006)
This 1992 book explores the complex poetics of imitation which inspired anacreontic composition for so many centuries in antiquity.
Ancient Greek Literary Letters, Paperback (January 2006)
This book examines short selections of fictional letters and excerpts from histories, epics and novels from the second and third centuries CE. An entertaining central study text for students of Greek epistolography.
Ancient Epistolary Fictions, Hardback (April 2001)» View all books by Patricia A. Rosenmeyer
A comprehensive look at the use of imaginary letters in Greek literature, first published in 2001.
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