Ovid's Revisions: The Editor as Author

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 5, 2013 - History - 272 pages
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A striking feature of Ovid's literary career derives from the processes of revision to which he subjects the works and collections that make up his oeuvre. From the epigram prefacing the Amores, to the editorial notices built into the book-frames of the Epistulae Ex Ponto, Ovid repeatedly invites us to consider the transformative horizons that these editorial interventions open up for his individual works, and which also affect the shape of his career and authorial identity. Francesca K. A. Martelli plots the vicissitudes of Ovid's distinctive career-long habit, considering how it transforms the relationship between text, oeuvre and authorial voice, and how it relates to the revisory practices at work in the wider cultural and political matrix of Ovid's day. This fascinating study will be of great interest to students and scholars of classical literature, and to any literary critic interested in revision as a mode of authorial self-fashioning.

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approaching the two editions 35
Reformatting Time revising the Fasti 104
revision and the authorial name 145
Epilogue 230
General index 253

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Francesca K. A. Martelli is a Teaching Fellow in the Classics faculty at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Newnham College. Her research addresses the intersection between various aspects of literary theory and Latin literature, and she has published on a wide range of ancient texts and authors.

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