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.
Francesca K. A. Martelli is a Teaching Fellow in the Classics faculty at Cambridge University 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.
1. Introduction; 2. Gemini amores: approaching the two editions; 3. The ends of the affair: desire and deferral in the Ars Amatoria; 4. Reformatting time (revision and the Fasti); 5. Tristia: revision and the authorial name; 6. Books of letters: revision and the letter collection in the Epistulae ex Ponto; 7. Epilogue.
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