Ancient Epistolary Fictions: The Letter in Greek Literature by Patricia A. Rosenmeyer PDF

By Patricia A. Rosenmeyer

A finished examine fictive letters in Greek literature from Homer to Philostratus, first released in 2001. It comprises either embedded epistolary narratives in quite a few genres (epic, historiography, tragedy, the novel), and works consisting exclusively of letters, resembling the pseudonymous letter collections and the invented letters of the second one Sophistic. The booklet demanding situations the thought that Ovid 'invented' the fictitious letter shape in his Heroides and considers a wealth of Greek antecedents for the later ecu epistolary novel culture. Epistolary strategy regularly problematizes the bounds among fictionality and fact. in accordance with a technique of choice and self-censorship, the letter is a building, no longer a mirrored image, of fact. the writer bypasses the query of sincerity for an in depth examine epistolary self-representation, the functionality of the letter shape and the character of the connection among author and reader in a variety of old Greek texts.

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