Literary Medieval Criticism

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

By Patricia A. Rosenmeyer

A finished examine fictive letters in Greek literature from Homer to Philostratus, first released in 2001. It contains either embedded epistolary narratives in quite a few genres (epic, historiography, tragedy, the novel), and works consisting exclusively of letters, similar to the pseudonymous letter collections and the invented letters of the second one Sophistic. The booklet demanding situations the idea 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 process continually problematizes the limits among fictionality and truth. in keeping 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 a detailed 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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