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A Companion to Roman Love Elegy

Barbara K. Gold (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-24116-5 March 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 608 Pages



A Companion to Roman Love Elegy is the first comprehensive work dedicated solely to the study of love elegy. The genre is explored through 33 original essays thatoffer new and innovative approaches to specific elegists and the discipline as a whole.

  • Contributors represent a range of established names and younger scholars, all of whom are respected experts in their fields
  • Contains original, never before published essays, which are both accessible to a wide audience and offer a new approach to the love elegists and their work
  • Includes 33 essays on the Roman elegists Catullus, Tibullus, Propertius, Sulpicia, and Ovid, as well as their Greek and Roman predecessors and later writers who were influenced by their work
  • Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in Roman elegy from scholars who have used a variety of critical approaches to open up new avenues of understanding


List of Figures viii

Reference Works: Abbreviations x

Notes on Contributors xi

Preface xvi

Introduction 1
Barbara K. Gold

PART I The Text and Roman Erotic Elegists 9

1. Calling out the Greeks: Dynamics of the Elegiac Canon 11
Joseph Farrell

2. Catullus the Roman Love Elegist? 25
David Wray

3. Propertius 39
W. R. Johnson

4. Tibullus 53
Paul Allen Miller

5. Ovid 70
Alison R. Sharrock

6. Corpus Tibullianum, Book 3 86
Mathilde Skoie

PART II Historical and Material Context 101

7. Elegy and the Monuments 103
Tara S. Welch

8. Roman Love Elegy and the Eros of Empire 119
P. Lowell Bowditch

9. Rome’s Elegiac Cartography: The View from the Via Sacra 134
Eleanor Winsor Leach

PART III Influences 153

10. Callimachus and Roman Elegy 155
Richard Hunter

11. Gallus: The First Roman Love Elegist 172
Roy K. Gibson

PART IV Stylistics and Discourse 187

12. Love’s Tropes and Figures 189
Duncan F. Kennedy

13. Elegiac Meter: Opposites Attract 204
Llewelyn Morgan

14. The Elegiac Book: Patterns and Problems 219
S. J. Heyworth

15. Translating Roman Elegy 234
Vincent Katz

PART V Aspects of Production 251

16. Elegy and New Comedy 253
Sharon L. James

17. Authorial Identity in Latin Love Elegy: Literary Fictions and Erotic Failings 269
Judith P. Hallett

18. The Domina in Roman Elegy 285
Alison Keith

19. “Patronage and the Elegists: Social Reality or Literary Construction?” 303
Barbara K. Gold

20. Elegy, Art and the Viewer 318
Hérica Valladares

21. Performing Sex, Gender and Power in Roman Elegy 339
Mary-Kay Gamel

22. Gender and Elegy 357
Ellen Greene

PART VI Approaches 373

23. Lacanian Psychoanalytic Theory and Roman Love Elegy 375
Micaela Janan

24. Intertextuality in Roman Elegy 390
Donncha O’Rourke

25. Narratology in Roman Elegy 410
Genevieve Liveley

26. The Gaze and the Elegiac Imaginary 426
David Fredrick

PART VII Late Antique Elegy and Reception 441

27. Reception of Elegy in Augustan and Post-Augustan Poetry 443
P. J. Davis

28. Love Elegies of Late Antiquity 459
James Uden

29. Renaissance Latin Elegy 476
Holt N. Parker

30. Modernist Reception 491
Dan Hooley

PART VIII Pedagogy 509

31. Teaching Roman Love Elegy 511
Ronnie Ancona

32. Teaching Ovid’s Love Elegy 526
Barbara Weiden Boyd

33. Teaching Rape in Roman Elegy 541
Part I: Genevieve Liveley

33. Teaching Rape in Roman Love Elegy 549
Part II: Sharon L. James

General Index 558

Index Locorum 574

“Summing Up: Highly recommended.  Lower-division undergraduates through faculty.”  (Choice, 1 October 2012)