Mail And Female: Epistolary Narrative And Desire In Ovid's Heroides

Paperback | October 6, 2003

bySara H. Lindheim

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In the Heroides, the Roman poet Ovid wittily plucks fifteen abandoned heroines from ancient myth and literature and creates the fiction that each woman writes a letter to the hero who left her behind. But in giving voice to these heroines, is Ovid writing like a woman, or writing "Woman" like a man?
    Using feminist and psychoanalytic approaches to examine the "female voice" in the Heroides, Sara H. Lindheim closely reads these fictive letters in which the women seemingly tell their own stories. She points out that in Ovid’s verse epistles all the women represent themselves in a strikingly similar and disjointed fashion. Lindheim turns to Lacanian theory of desire to explain these curious and hauntingly repetitive representations of the heroines in the "female voice." Lindheim’s approach illuminates what these poems reveal about both masculine and feminine constructions of the feminine

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    In the Heroides, the Roman poet Ovid wittily plucks fifteen abandoned heroines from ancient myth and literature and creates the fiction that each woman writes a letter to the hero who left her behind. But in giving voice to these heroines, is Ovid writing like a woman, or writing "Woman" like a man?    Using feminist and psychoanal...

Sara H. Lindheim is assistant professor of classics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:October 6, 2003Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299192644

ISBN - 13:9780299192648

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"Mail and Female opens up whole new vistas of interpretation within Heroides scholarship, perspectives that will shed light not only on the poems themselves, but demonstrate the usefulness of Lacanian theory to classics. Lindheim's scholarly command both of Lacanian psychoanalysis and of classical philology is superior."—Micaela W. Janan, Duke University