By Laurel Fulkerson

Ovid's Heroides, a list of letters by means of ladies who've been abandoned, has too often been tested as purely a lament. In a brand new departure, this ebook portrays the ladies of the Heroides as a neighborhood of authors. Combining shut readings of the texts and their mythological backgrounds with serious tools, the e-book argues that the issues of similarity among the various letters of the Heroides, so usually derided by way of sleek critics, symbolize an excellent exploitation of intratextuality, within which the Ovidian heroine self-consciously models herself as an alluding writer inspired by way of what she has learn in the Heroides. faraway from being naive and impotent sufferers, for that reason, the heroines are remarkably astute, if no longer consistently winning, at adapting textual recommendations that they understand as necessary for achieving their very own ends. With this new strategy Professor Fulkerson indicates that the Heroides articulate a fictional poetic, mirroring modern practices of poetic composition.

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