Cultivating the Muse: Struggles for Power and Inspiration in Classical Literature

Hardcover | March 1, 2002

EditorEfrossini Spentzou, Don Fowler

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Cultivating the Muse looks beyond the secure and benign images traditionally associated with inspiration in classical literature and scholarship. In contrast to the shapeless collectivity of the Muses in ancient accounts, this collection aspires to redeem their shape in other more vitalforms, closer or more distant incarnations of the ever-elusive maiden. Protagonists -- or victims -- in a complex game of cultural exploration, the alternative Muses and muse-like figures of this book are manipulated, abused, or effaced, but at the same time they also advocate or resist their fatesand explore their own powers of persuasion. Inspiration is here not so much explored in its traditional cultic dimensions, but rather invoked for its capacity to trigger fervent debates about power, desire, knowledge, identity, and gender in the societies of ancient Greece and Rome.

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Cultivating the Muse looks beyond the secure and benign images traditionally associated with inspiration in classical literature and scholarship. In contrast to the shapeless collectivity of the Muses in ancient accounts, this collection aspires to redeem their shape in other more vitalforms, closer or more distant incarnations of the...

Efrossini Spentzou is Lecturer in Latin at Royal Holloway Don Fowler was Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Jesus College, Oxford

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:324 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.35 inPublished:March 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAbbreviations1. Efrossini Spentzou: Introduction: Secularizing the Muse2. Penelope Murray: Plato's Muses: The Goddesses that Endure3. Adriana Cavarero: The Envied Muse: Plato versus Homer4. Ismene Lada-Richards: Reinscribing the Muse: Greek Drama and the Discourse of Inspired Creativity5. Efrossini Spentzou: Stealing Apollo's Lyre6. Andrew Laird: Authority and Ontology of the Muses in Epic Reception7. Don Fowler: Masculinity under Threat: the Poetics and Politics of Inspiration in Latin Poetry8. Ronnie Ancona: The Untouched Self: Sapphic and Catullan Muses in Horace, Odes 1. 229. Micaela Janan: The Muse Unruly and Dead: Acanthis in Propertius 4 . 510. Alison Sharrock: An A--musing Tale: Gender, Genre, and Ovid11. Gianpiero Rosati: Muse and Power in the Poetry of Statius12. John Henderson: Corny Copa, the Motel MuseReferencesIndex