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First published: March 1, 2024 - Last updated: March 1, 2024


Auhtor: Holly Ranger

Title: Why are we Still Reading Ovid's rapes?

Subtitle: -

In: Revisiting Rape in Antiquity: Sexualised Violence in Greek and Roman Worlds

Edited by: Susan Deacy, José M. Magalhães, and Jean Z. Menzies

Place: London

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Year: 2023

Pages: 33-47

ISBN-13: 9781350099203 (hbk.) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781350099210 (PDF) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781350099227 (EPUB) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781350099234 (Online) - Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Ancient History: Roman History | Types: Rape Representations: Literary Texts / Ovid


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Wikipedia: Holly Ranger, University of Westminster, London - ORCID

Abstract: »Ovid – has been regarded, too, as a rape apologist, or even as an advocate for rape behaviour. Ovid featured in the first book but, as has been noted above, not in very much detail. Therefore, Holly Ranger’s chapter, ‘Why are we still reading Ovid’s rapes?’, brings Ovid to the fore of a study of rape while critiquing why this author was mostly absent from the 1997 volume. As Ranger sets out, the 1997 book was not ready to tackle Ovid, or, even, was part of a pattern to omit Ovid for fear of replicating the sexual violence of the source text. Ranger explores what it means to read the ‘textual sexual violence’ (p. 38) of Ovid via any feminist lens, including in relation to Amy Richlin’s landmark 1992 essay ‘Reading Ovid’s Rapes’ ([1992] 2014), and in relation to Han Kang’s novel The Vegetarian ( Han 2007 [2018]). Is it possible, the chapter explores, to be a resisting reader and – if so – where does this leave Ovid in relation to the classroom, where this author’s works have a firm place in the curriculum? The chapter not only brings Ovid to the centre of a book on ancient rape; it also contributes to an exploration of where evidence dealing with rape sits in pedagogical terms. This was a topic not really addressed in 1997 and yet the 1997 book has found its way onto reading lists and university libraries and so has opened up the possibility for student enquiry into a topic that, as Ranger shows, raises multiple problems around what a classical syllabus is and can be or should be.« (Source: Deacy, Susan. »Introduction: 'Twenty Years Ago': Revisiting Rape in Antiquity.« Revisiting Rape in Antiquity: Sexualised Violence in Greek and Roman Worlds. Edited by Susan Deacy et al. London 2023: p. 7-8)

Lecture: Ranger, Holly A. »Meat, metamorphosis, and the male gaze: Ovid's Daphne in Han Kang's The VegetarianRape in Antiquity: 20 years on. London 2017. - Bibliographic Entry: Info

Wikipedia: Ancient history: Ancient Rome | Literature: Latin literature / Ovid | Sex and the law: Rape / History of rape