Reading Sulpicia: Commentaries 1475 - 1990

Hardcover | May 1, 2002

byMathilde Skoie

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Focusing on the representation of the Augustan poet Sulpicia in commentaries, this book investigates the interpretative strategies involved in the reading of an ancient text. Mathilde Skoie discusses a selection of commentaries from the Renaissance to the present day, combining the history ofclassical scholarhip, philology, feminist literary theory, and reception theory.The six short love poems of Sulpicia (Corpus Tibullianum 3. 13-18) have, throughout history, been the subject of numerous different interpretations and judgements. The poems' ambivalent status as poetry, the uncertainties surrounding authorship, the female intrusion in a male-dominated world, andquestions about canon and 'feminine Latin' are some of the many issues that make them interesting for an investigation of classical scholarship. The poems can thus be used as a showcase for how commentaries are an interpretative and historically situated genre.Reading Sulpicia is the first monograph on Sulpicia and her reception, and thereby fills a gap in the literature concerning both reception studies and the study of Sulpicia herself.

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Focusing on the representation of the Augustan poet Sulpicia in commentaries, this book investigates the interpretative strategies involved in the reading of an ancient text. Mathilde Skoie discusses a selection of commentaries from the Renaissance to the present day, combining the history ofclassical scholarhip, philology, feminist li...

Mathilde Skoie is Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oslo
Format:HardcoverDimensions:374 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.03 inPublished:May 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199245738

ISBN - 13:9780199245734

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The first steps: from antiquity to Cyllenius' 15th century commentary2. Confronting a sibylline leaf: Scaliger's 16th century commentary3. Male chivalry?: Heyne's 18th century commentary4. Subtle poetry or feminine fiddling?: Two 19th century commentaries5. Sulpicia Americana: Smith's 20th century commentary6. The commentator as collector: Trankle's 1990 commentaryConclusion: The hermenutics of commenting