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Description - Gendered Dynamics in Latin Love Poetry by Ronnie Ancona

In recent decades, Latin love poetry has become a significant site for feminist and other literary critics studying conceptions of gender and sexuality in ancient Roman culture. This new volume, the first to specifically focus on gender dynamics in Latin love poetry, moves beyond the polarized critical positions that argue that this poetry either confirms traditional gender roles or subverts them. Rather, the essays in the collection explore the ways in which Latin erotic texts can have both effects, shifting power back and forth between male and female. If there is one conclusion that emerges, it is that the dynamics of gender in Latin amatory poetry do not map in any single way onto the cultural and historical norms of Roman society. In fact, as several essays show, there is a dialectical relationship between this poetry and Roman cultural practices. By complicating the views of gender dynamics in Latin love poetry, this exciting new scholarship will stimulate further debates in classical studies and literary criticism with its fresh perspectives.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801881985
ISBN-10: 0801881986
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 31mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ronnie Ancona

Ronnie Ancona is a professor of classics at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, The City University of New York. Ellen Greene is the Joseph Paxton Presidential Professor of Classics at the University of Oklahoma.

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