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Readers and Writers in Ovid's HeroidesTransgressions of Genre and Gender$
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Efrossini Spentzou

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199255689

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199255689.001.0001

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A Splintery Frame: the Heroides as Short Stories

A Splintery Frame: the Heroides as Short Stories

(p.161) 6 A Splintery Frame: the Heroides as Short Stories
Readers and Writers in Ovid's Heroides

Efrossini Spentzou

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the Heroides as short stories. It addresses aspects of brevity that involve more than Quellenforschung; brevity, as envisaged here, works as a catalyst that sets off a complex war of supremacy within the collection. The heroines' short stories reveal the heroines' daring protest against the mega-narratives of the past, but their fervent rhetoric also encompasses their creator.

Keywords:   Heroides, Ovid, myth, short stories, brevity, heroines

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