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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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The Heroines in the Chora of Writing 1

The Heroines in the Chora of Writing 1

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Readers and Writers in Ovid's Heroides

Efrossini Spentzou

Oxford University Press

This chapter is concerned with the heroines' feminine voice. Building on the metapoetic metaphor of the heroines' artistic awakening, it follows their efforts to establish their own discourse and turn themselves from scriptae puellae (‘written girls’) to writing women, whose flowing narrative responds to descriptions of the female nature and creativity from ancient philosophy to modern French feminism. Specific emphasis is given to the symbolic significance of their (in)famous and much derided enclosure, which reveals powerful characteristics of a feminine space and a feminine order.

Keywords:   heroines, feminine voice, writing women, French feminism, feminine space, feminine order

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