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The Arts of Love : Five Studies in the Discourse of Roman Love Elegy - Duncan F. Kennedy

The Arts of Love

Five Studies in the Discourse of Roman Love Elegy

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Published: 15th February 1993
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The five chapters that make up this short book examine the love elegies of the Roman poets Tibullus, Propertius and Ovid from the point of view of the way the meanings attributed to the poems arise out of the interests and preoccupations of the cultural situation in which they are read. Each study is centred around a reading of a poem or poems together with a discussion of a variety of sophisticated theoretical approaches drawn from modern scholars and theorists such as Paul Veyne, Roland Barthes an Michel Foucault. In each case, the modes of analysis involved are pressed hard to see where they may lead, and, equally, where they may show signs of strain. All Latin texts and terms are translated or closely paraphrased. Although the book concentrates on the work of the Roman elegists, the challenging insights it offers into the processes involved in the reading and appropriation of the texts of the past are relevant to scholars and students of classical literature in general, and its discussion of such key issues as history, textuality, representation, discourse, gender, ideology and metaphor will be of concern to those interested in literary theory and cultural studies.

"What is most impressive throughout this book cannot be conveyed by any brief summary. In a practical sense, Kennedy reads elegy extremely well; his insights into particular passages and into the discourse of elegy as a whole are illuminating and important." Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Prefacep. xi
Representation and the rhetoric of realityp. 1
Getting down to essentialsp. 24
Love's figures and tropesp. 46
A lover's discoursep. 64
An irregular in love's army: the problems of identificationp. 83
Bibliographyp. 101
General indexp. 105
Index of passages discussedp. 107
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ISBN: 9780521407670
ISBN-10: 0521407672
Series: Roman Literature and Its Contexts
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 120
Published: 15th February 1993
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.63 x 12.78  x 0.84
Weight (kg): 0.16