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The Colonial Subject in Ovid's Exile Poetry


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Davis, PJ 2002 , 'The Colonial Subject in Ovid's Exile Poetry' , American Journal of Philology, vol. 123 , pp. 257-273 .

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IN RECENT YEARS ONE FOCUS FOR THE DISCUSSION of Ovid's poetry, including of course the exile poetry, has been its relationship to the Augustan regime. Although employing essentially the same critical assumptions, scholars have divided into more and less conservative camps, arguing for a pro- or anti-Augustan Ovid. 1 However, in the case of the exile poetry at least, this situation has been altered by a chapter in a recent book by Thomas N. Habinek, in which he argues for what might be termed a conservative (i.e., pro-Augustan) reading, but employing forms of argument that, in classical studies at least, are decidedly unconservative. 2 Drawing on the work of the cultural materialists, 3 Habinek draws an analogy between Tristia and Epistulae ex Ponto and later European colonization narratives in order to argue that "Ovid's laments from exile and dispatches from the contact zone of Pontus sentimentalize his own and his readers' involvement in the project of Roman imperialism."

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Davis, PJ
Journal or Publication Title: American Journal of Philology
ISSN: 1086-3168
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