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The erotics of domination : male desire and the mistress in Latin love… (original 1998; edition 1998)

by Ellen Greene

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Title:The erotics of domination : male desire and the mistress in Latin love poetry
Authors:Ellen Greene
Info:Baltimore, Md. : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.
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Tags:Latin, poetry, Roman, love

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The Erotics of Domination : Male Desire and the Mistress in Latin Love Poetry by Ellen Greene (1998)

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This book examines portrayals of women and conceptions of gender in the love poetry of Catullus, Propertius, and Ovid. (Introduction)
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Whereas the Catullan lover appears to struggle against his own "feminization," the Roman elegiac poets--particularly Propertius and Ovid--proclaim in their poems a radically unconventional philosophy of life through their apparently deliberate inversion of conventional sex roles--in which women are portrayed as dominant and women as subservient. Roman elegiac poetry is predicated entirely on clearly defined roles for the speaker and his mistress. That servitude, at least nominally, accords the lover's mistress complete domination and control over him. (Introduction)
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