Learned Girls and Male Persuasion: Gender and Reading in Roman Love Elegy

Learned Girls and Male Persuasion: Gender and Reading in Roman Love Elegy

by Sharon Lynn James

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Overview

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 stance of the elite male writers—as plaint and confession—but rather from the viewpoint of the women—thus as persuasion and attempted manipulation—James reveals strategies and substance that no one has listened for before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520233812
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 02/20/2003
Series: Joan Palevsky Imprint in Classical Literature Ser.
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1520L (what's this?)

About the Author

Sharon L. James is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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