Review by Choice Review
This is not a survey, as the title might suggest, but rather a collection of critical essays on one Latin and six ancient Greek women poets: Sappho, Corinna, Erinna, Moero, Nossis, Anyte, and Sulpicia. Most of the contributors have published before on the topic, but for the most part the essays do not duplicate earlier work. Though one finds here canny, judicious use of literary theory, these papers are in the main products of the philological tradition, largely recuperative of a woman-identified voice or a self-consciously female poetic line. The contributors mostly build on conventional assumptions (one bracing exception is the essay on Sappho's public voice), leaving basic questions unexamined, perhaps at a risk: they tend to accept that Erinna was the teenage girl that tradition (following her text) says she was, and that she wrote the epigrams ascribed to her; that Corinna was Pindar's contemporary; and so on. The book ends with a listing of (most) known female writers in ancient Greek and Latin. Though the book will not push forward critical study of ancient women poets in any significant way, it will help with traditional questions about individual, mostly underserved, texts. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Lower/upper-division undergraduates through faculty. J. D. Reed University of Michigan
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