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Author James, Sharon L.

Title Learned girls and male persuasion : gender and reading in Roman love elegy / Sharon L. James
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2003]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 350 pages)
Series Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature
Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature.
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
Summary 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-335) and indexes
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Subject Books and reading -- Rome.
Elegiac poetry, Latin -- History and criticism.
Love poetry, Latin -- History and criticism.
Man-woman relationships in literature.
Persuasion (Rhetoric)
Sex role in literature.
Women and literature -- Rome.
Women in literature.
Women -- Books and reading -- Rome.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2002010143
ISBN 0520233816 (alk. paper)
0520928660 (electronic bk.)
0585466130 (electronic bk.)
9780520233812 (alk. paper)
9780520928664 (electronic bk.)
9780585466132 (electronic bk.)