The Ovidian Heroine as Author
Reading, Writing, and Community in the Heroides
By (author) Laurel Fulkerson
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Ovidian Heroine as Author by Laurel Fulkerson
Book DescriptionOvid's Heroides, a catalogue of letters by women who have been deserted, has too frequently been examined as merely a lament. In a new departure, this book portrays the women of the Heroides as a community of authors. Combining close readings of the texts and their mythological backgrounds with critical methods, the book argues that the points of similarity between the different letters of the Heroides, so often derided by modern critics, represent a brilliant exploitation of intratextuality, in which the Ovidian heroine self-consciously fashions herself as an alluding author influenced by what she has read within the Heroides. Far from being naive and impotent victims, therefore, the heroines are remarkably astute, if not always successful, at adapting textual strategies that they perceive as useful for attaining their own ends. With this new approach Professor Fulkerson shows that the Heroides articulate a fictional poetic, mirroring contemporary practices of poetic composition.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521846721
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Laurel Fulkerson
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This is the first sustained study examining how the emotions of remorse and regret were manifested in Greek and Roman public life. By discussing the standard lexical denotations of remorse, Fulkerson shows how it was not normally expressed by high-status individuals, but by their inferiors, and how it often served to show defect of character.
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An examination of Ovid's Heroides which portrays its fictional female writers as a community of authors.
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Author Biography - Laurel Fulkerson
Laurel Fulkerson is Assistant Professor of Classics at the Florida State University. She is the author of various articles on Latin and Greek poetry.
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