Although fictional characters do not create their own speech, the illusion that they do is often crucial to a reader's appreciation of a literary text.
Feminine Rhetorical Culture examines the development of the illusion that literary characters speak through the reader's appreciation of a metaphorical connection between speech, sexuality, and morality. The book focuses on nominally feminine speech in the works of three male writers: Ovid, in the HEROIDES, George Turberville, in his TRANSLATION OF OVID'S
Heroides, and Michael Drayton, in ENGLAND'S HEROICAL EPISTLES. In the intersection of their adaptations of culture and language, they mediate and qualify cultural perspectives about feminine speech and relationship between men and women.
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1988. XII, 213 pp.
Contents: FEMININE RHETORICAL CULTURE examines the cross-cultural development of female speakers by comparing translations
of Ovid's Heroides by George Turberville and Michael Drayton. The book offers a fresh perspective on Renaissance
translators of Ovid by looking at heretofore ignored connections between Ovid and the literary descendants. By focusing on
feminine literary speech, the book examines a new dimension of Renaissance love poetry and rhetoric.