Reading Sappho

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Overview


Reading Sappho considers Sappho's poetry as a powerful, influential voice in the Western cultural tradition. Essays are divided into four sections: "Language and Literary Context," "Homer and Oral Tradition", "Ritual and Social Context", and "Women's Erotics". Contributors focus on literary history, mythic traditions, cultural studies, performance studies, recent work in feminist theory, and more.

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 Re-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: 9780520206014
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/2/1999
  • Series: Classics and Contemporary Thought Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (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 Sappho's Amatory Language 11
2 Critical Stereotypes and the Poetry of Sappho 26
3 Phaethon, Sappho's Phaon, and the White Rock of Leukas: "Reading" the Symbols of Greek Lyric 35
4 Eros and Incantation: Sappho and Oral Poetry 58
5 Sappho and Helen 79
6 Gardens of Nymphs: Public and Private in Sappho's Lyrics 89
7 Sappho's Group: An Initiation into Womanhood 113
8 Sappho and Her Social Context: Sense and Sensuality 125
9 Romantic Sensuality, Poetic Sense: A Response to Hallett on Sappho 143
10 Who Sang Sappho's Songs? 150
11 Woman and Language in Archaic Greece, or, Why Is Sappho a Woman? 175
12 Sappho's Gaze: Fantasies of a Goddess and Young Man 193
13 The Justice of Aphrodite in Sappho I 226
14 Apostrophe and Women's Erotics in the Poetry of Sappho 233
15 Sappho and the Other Woman 248
Bibliography 265
Contributors 287
Index 291
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