Re-Reading Sappho / Edition 1

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Overview

Re-Reading Sappho reflects the recent fascination with Sappho's "afterlife." The essays examine the changing interpretations of scholars and writers who have read the fragmentary remains of Sappho's poetry. As the contributors explore the ways that each generation creates its own Sappho, the Sapphic tradition itself becomes an index to changing sensibilities and cultural norms about sexuality, gender roles, and notions of fema le authorship.

A legendary literary figure, Sappho has attracted readers, critics, and biographers ever since she composed poems on the island of Lesbos at the close of the seventh century B.C. Bringing together some of the best recent criticism on the subject, this volume, together with Reading Sappho, represents the first anthology of Sappho scholarship, drawing attention to Sappho's importance as a poet and reflecting the diversity of critical approaches in classical and literary scholarship during the last several decades.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520206038
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/2/1999
  • Series: Classics and Contemporary Thought Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Greene is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Oklahoma.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Series Editor's Foreword
Introduction 1
1 Reflecting Sappho 11
2 Sappho's Afterlife in Translation 36
3 Sappho's Splintered Tongue: Silence in Sappho 31 and Catullus 51 68
4 Ventriloquizing Sappho, Or the Lesbian Muse 79
5 Sappho in Early Modern England: A Study in Sexual Reputation 105
6 Sex and Philology: Sappho and the Rise of German Nationalism 122
7 Sappho Schoolmistress 146
8 H.D. and Sappho: "A Precious Inch of Palimpsest" 184
9 Sapphistries 199
Bibliography 219
Contributors 241
Index 243
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