Ancient Epistolary Fictions: The Letter in Greek Literature - download pdf or read online

By Patricia A. Rosenmeyer

ISBN-10: 0521028949

ISBN-13: 9780521028943

ISBN-10: 0521800048

ISBN-13: 9780521800044

A complete examine fictive letters in Greek literature from Homer to Philostratus, first released in 2001. It contains either embedded epistolary narratives in various genres (epic, historiography, tragedy, the novel), and works consisting completely of letters, corresponding to 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 eu epistolary novel culture. Epistolary approach consistently problematizes the limits among fictionality and truth. in accordance with a technique of choice and self-censorship, the letter is a building, now not a mirrored image, of fact. the writer bypasses the query of sincerity for a detailed examine epistolary self-representation, the functionality of the letter shape and the character of the connection among author and reader in quite a lot of historical Greek texts.

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