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Learned girls and male persuasion : gender and reading in Roman love elegy

Author: Sharon L James
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2003.
Series: Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This study transforms our understanding of Roman love elegy, an important and complex corpus of poetry that flourished in the late first century b.c.e. Sharon L. James reads key poems by Propertius, Tibullus, and Ovid for the first time from the perspective of the woman to whom they are addressed--the docta puella, or learned girl, the poet's beloved. By interpreting the poetry not, as has always been done, from the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sharon L James
ISBN: 0520233816 9780520233812
OCLC Number: 50143451
Description: xv, 350 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt. 1 --
Concepts, structures, and characters in Roman love elegy --
Introduction: approaching elegy --
Men, women, poetry, and money: the material bases and social backgrounds of elegy --
pt. 2 --
The material girls and the arguments of elegy; or, The docta puella reads elegy --
Against the greedy girl; or, The docta puella does not live by elegy alone --
Characters, complaints, and the stations of the lover; or, Adventures and laments in elegy --
pt. 3 --
Problems of gender and genre, text and audience, in Roman love elegy --
Necessary female beauty and generic male resentment: reading elegy through Ovid --
Poetry, politics, sex, status: how the docta puella serves elegy.
Series Title: Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature.
Responsibility: Sharon L. James.
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This study transforms our understanding of Roman love elegy, a complex corpus of poetry that flourished in the late first century BCE. Sharon L. James reads key poems by Propertius, Tibullus and Ovid  Read more...

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