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Defining Genre and Gender in Latin Literature

Essays Presented to William S. Anderson on His Seventy-Fifth Birthday


William W. Batstone and Garth Tissol

The Roman confrontation and assimilation of Greek literature entailed a scrutiny, critique, and adaptation of generic assumptions. This book considers the ways in which major genres – among them comedy, lyric, elegy, epic, and the novel – were redefined to accommodate Roman concerns and the ways in which gender plays a role in generic definition and authorial self-definition. Both of these areas of research have been important to William S. Anderson throughout his career. This collection of essays by his students helps readers to understand the nature of Roman literary self-definition, as it honors Professor Anderson’s own achievements in this field.
Contents: William W. Batstone: Plautine Farce and Plautine Freedom: An Essay on the Value of Metatheatre – Alan Zeitlin: Plutarch’s Moralia 712C, Menander’s Love Plots, and Terence’s Eunuchus – Richard Freis: Amor and Pietas: The Catullan Revolution and the Horatian Counter-Revolution – Anthony Corbeill: The Topography of Fides in Propertius 1.16 – Garth Tissol: Maimed Books and Maimed Authors: Tristia 1.7 and the Fate of the Metamorphoses – Bracht Branham: The Poetics of Genre: Bakhtin, Menippus, Petronius – W. Ralph Johnson: Small Wonders: The Poetics of Martial, Book Fourteen – Carole Newlands: Animal Claquers: Statius Silv. 2.4. and 2.5 – Gregson Davis: From Lyric to Elegy: The Inscription of the Elegiac Subject in Heroides 15 (Sappho to Phaon) – Elizabeth Sutherland: Literary Women in Horace’s Odes 2.11 and 2.12 – Ellen Greene: Gender and Genre in Propertius 2.8 and 2.9 – Leslie Cahoon: Haunted Husbands: Orpheus’s Song (Ovid, Metamorphoses 10-11) in Light of Ted Hughes’s Birthday Letters – Sharon James: A Courtesan’s Choreography: Female Liberty and Male Anxiety at the Roman Dinner Party – Jo-Ann Shelton: Putting Women in Their Place: Gender, Species, and Hierarchy in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses.