The Ovidian Heroine as Author: Reading, Writing, and Community in the Heroides by Laurel FulkersonThe Ovidian Heroine as Author: Reading, Writing, and Community in the Heroides by Laurel Fulkerson

The Ovidian Heroine as Author: Reading, Writing, and Community in the Heroides

byLaurel Fulkerson

Hardcover | August 8, 2005

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Ovid's Heroides, a catalogue of letters by women who have been deserted, has too frequently been examined as merely a lament. In a new departure, this book portrays the women of the Heroides as a community of authors. Combining close readings of the texts and their mythological backgrounds with critical methods, the book argues that the points of similarity between the different letters of the Heroides, so often derided by modern critics, represent a brilliant exploitation of intratextuality, in which the Ovidian heroine self-consciously fashions herself as an alluding author influenced by what she has read within the Heroides. Far from being naive and impotent victims, therefore, the heroines are remarkably astute, if not always successful, at adapting textual strategies that they perceive as useful for attaining their own ends. With this new approach Professor Fulkerson shows that the Heroides articulate a fictional poetic, mirroring contemporary practices of poetic composition.
Laurel Fulkerson is Assistant Professor of Classics at the Florida State University. She is the author of various articles on Latin and Greek poetry.
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Title:The Ovidian Heroine as Author: Reading, Writing, and Community in the HeroidesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:198 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:August 8, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521846722

ISBN - 13:9780521846721

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Reading dangerously: Phyllis, Dido, Ariadne, and Medea; 2. Reading the future: Hypsipyle, Medea, and Oenone; 3. Benefits of communal writing: Canace and Hypermestra; 4. A feminine reading of epic: Briseis and Hermione; 5. Reading magically: Deianira and Laodamia; 6. Reading like a virgin: Phaedra and Ariadne; 7. Caveat lector: thoughts on gender and power; Appendix A: The authenticity (and 'authenticity') of Heroides 15; Bibliogrpahy; Index; Index Locorum.

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"Fulkerson's treatment of the Heroides is innovative in its attribution of a certain degree of power to these female characters, as readers and writers in an imaginary literary circle...[the] study if thorough, both in its knowledge of Ovidian scholarship and its close reading of the text. Her creative approach makes this work, bringing to life what was for a long time dismissed as Ovid's juvenile poetic venture." Valentina DeNardis, The Classical Bulletin