Learned Girls and Male Persuasion: Gender and Reading in Roman Love Elegy
Publish Date: 2003-02-20
Author: Sharon Lynn James
This study transforms our understanding of Roman love elegy, an important and complex corpus of poetry that flourished in the late first century b.c.e. Sharon L. James reads key poems by Propertius, Tibullus, and Ovid for the first time from the perspective of the woman to whom they are addressedthe docta puella, or learned girl, the poet's beloved. By interpreting the poetry not, as has always been done, from the stance of the elite male writersas plaint and confessionbut rather from the viewpoint of the womenthus as persuasion and attempted manipulationJames reveals strategies and substance that no one has listened for before.