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

By Patricia A. Rosenmeyer

A complete examine fictive letters in Greek literature from Homer to Philostratus, first released in 2001. It comprises either embedded epistolary narratives in a number of genres (epic, historiography, tragedy, the novel), and works consisting completely of letters, reminiscent of the pseudonymous letter collections and the invented letters of the second one Sophistic. The booklet demanding situations the concept 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 procedure continuously problematizes the limits among fictionality and truth. in line with a technique of choice and self-censorship, the letter is a development, now not a mirrored image, of truth. 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 historical Greek texts.

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