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Boyd's thoughtful approach to imitation in Latin poetry brings into prominence the formative role played by Virgil in shaping Ovid's "poetic memory," even in the Amores. The detailed examination of Ovidian extended similes shows how the poet exploits the literary past precisely in order to free himself from generic restraint and to expand the narrow horizons of elegy. Boyd argues that this paradox is the essence of Ovidian poetics.
Ovid's Literary Loves is an imaginative approach to imitation in Latin poetry and makes a significant contribution to current discussions of the subject. This is one of the first contemporary scholarly monographs on the Amores, and it will find a large and welcoming audience of Latinists at all levels of study.
Barbara Weiden Boyd is Associate Professor of Classics, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine.
|Abbreviations and Texts|
|Introduction: The Isolation of Ovid's Amores||1|
|Ch. 1||Reused Language: Genre and Influence in the Interpretation of the Amores||19|
|Ch. 2||Literary Means and Ends: Ovid's Ludus Poeticus||49|
|Ch. 3||Ovid's Visual Memory: Extended Similes in the Amores||90|
|Ch. 4||From Authenticity to Irony: Programmatic Poetry and Narrative Reversal in the Amores||132|
|Ch. 5||Ovid's Narrative of Poetic Immortality||165|
|Ch. 6||Legisse Voluptas: Some Thoughts on the Future of Ovid's Amores||203|