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

By Patricia A. Rosenmeyer

A accomplished examine fictive letters in Greek literature from Homer to Philostratus, first released in 2001. It contains either embedded epistolary narratives in numerous genres (epic, historiography, tragedy, the novel), and works consisting exclusively of letters, comparable 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 approach consistently problematizes the limits among fictionality and fact. in accordance with a means of choice and self-censorship, the letter is a development, now not a mirrored image, of fact. 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 quite a lot of old Greek texts.

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