Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

This project began as a dissertation at Brown University under the direction of David Konstan, Georgia Nugent, and Michael Putnam. All three, first as teachers, then as readers, have shaped the ways in which I think about Latin literature. I thank them not only for the generosity with which they gave of their time and of their knowledge but equally for the freedom they gave...

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Introduction: Re-Reading Ovid's Heroides

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pp. 3-12

In dreams, a writing tablet signifies a woman, since it receives the imprints of all kinds of letters. Artemidorus, Onirocritica A little over fifteen years ago, Florence Verducci tellingly referred to Ovid's Heroides, a collection of fifteen letters in elegiac verse from mythological heroines to the heroes who have abandoned them,

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1. Mail and Female: Epistolary Narrative and Ovid's Heroines

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pp. 13-77

Granted then, that all of literature is a long letter to an invisible other, a present, a possible, or a future passion that we rid ourselves of, feed, or seek. Three Marias: New Portuguese Letters Introduction: This chapter focuses on Ovid's choice to write the Heroides as letters. I explore what is at stake when Ovid decides to compose the stories of famous heroines abandoned by their...

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2. Women into Woman: Voices of Desire

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pp. 78-135

Women have served all these centuries as looking glasses possessing the magical and delicious power of reflecting the figure of man at twice its natural size. Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own Love Letters: Chapter 1 examined the various ways in which the Ovidian heroines contrive to manipulate the conventions of the epistolary genre, seeking to present themselves as marginal...

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3. Setting Her Straight: Ovid Re-Presents Sappho

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pp. 136-176

Male fantasies, male fantasies, is everything run by male fantasies? Up on a pedestal or down on your knees, it's all a male fantasy: that you're strong enough to take what they dish out, or else too weak to do anything about it. Even pretending you aren't catering to male fantasies is a male fantasy: pretending you're unseen, pretending you have a life of your own, that you...

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Conclusion: Male and Female: Ovid's Illusion of the Woman [Contains Notes, Bilbliography, Indexes page]

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pp. 177-185

I think I've scratched the surface after twenty years of marriage. Women want chocolate and conversation. Mel Gibson, quoted in USA Weekend, 11/12/00 You need but go to Rome and see the statue by Bernini [of Saint Theresa] to immediately understand that she's coming. There's no doubt about it. Jacques Lacan, "God and Woman's Jouissance" In Rome? So far away? To look? At a statue? Of a saint? Sculpted...

Notes

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pp. 187-243

Bibliography

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pp. 245-257

Index of Passages

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pp. 259-265

General Index [Contains back cover]

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pp. 267-274