Readers and Writers in Ovids Heroides: Transgressions of Genre and Gender

Hardcover | March 1, 2003

byEfrossini Spentzou

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This is the first book-length study to reconstruct the experiences of the abandoned heroines of the Heroides, which have been largely ignored by past criticism. Dr Spentzou seeks ways to isolate, characterize, and release the female voice and experience within Ovid's male-authored text.Building on a wide range of ancient as well as modern images and reflections on gender and writing, the book attempts to map the relationship between gendered sensitivities and experience and generic expression and choices. Dr Spentzou uses the insight gained by the boom of intertextual studies inrecent Latin scholarship to go a step further and address explicitly the ideologies of intertextual studies. This is a book about readers and reading, just as much as about women and gender, and it is also an in-depth study of the intricate and heated negotiations behind the interpretativeact.

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This is the first book-length study to reconstruct the experiences of the abandoned heroines of the Heroides, which have been largely ignored by past criticism. Dr Spentzou seeks ways to isolate, characterize, and release the female voice and experience within Ovid's male-authored text.Building on a wide range of ancient as well as mod...

Efrossini Spentzou is Lecturer in Classics, Royal Holloway, University of London

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:252 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.76 inPublished:March 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199255687

ISBN - 13:9780199255689

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Table of Contents

Synopses of the Myths1. Getting Down to Essentials?2. Reading Characters Read: On Methodology3. Landscapes of Lost Innocence4. The Heroines in the Chora of Writing5. Postcards Home: The Heroides as Letters6. A Splintery Frame: The Heroides as Short StoriesPostscript: Writing on the Edge

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`One of Spentzou's most lasting contributions will undoubtedly be the way she reads the collection as a totality.'Paul Allen Miller