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By Suzanne C. Hagedorn

Medievalists have lengthy been drawn to the "abandoned woman," a determine traditionally used to ascertain the worth of conventional male heroism. relocating past prior stories that have concentrated totally on Virgil's Dido, Suzanne Hagedorn makes a speciality of the vernacular works of Dante, Bocaccio, and Chaucer, arguing that revisiting the classical culture of the deserted girl permits one to reassess old epics and myths from a feminine point of view and query assumptions approximately gender roles in medieval literature.
Suzanne Hagedorn is affiliate Professor of English on the university of William and Mary.

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4 To Wilkinson, who views the Heroides as a direct descendent of the rhetorical school .. exercise of the ethopoeia (characterization), the poems are primarily attempts to score debating points; their chief delights lie in the display of ingenious tricks, quotable aphorisms, and verbal con .. ceits. "5 Wilkinson's interpretation of the Heroides considers the poet's wit and his 2. The controversy over The Wind Done Gone, a novel that reimagines and rewrites Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, shows that the revisionary impulse of Ovid is alive and well in the twenty~first century-though modern laws regarding intellectual property may well interfere with such literary experimentation.

33. From Cod. Paris. 7994, printed in Fausto Ghisalberti, "Medieval Biographies of Ovid," Journal of the Warburg and Cortauld Institutes 9 (1946 ): 45-46. 34. In Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, Troilus unwittingly uses the Heroides in precisely this manner. 35. Luca Rosa, "Su alcuni commenti inediti alle opere di Ovidio," Annali della Facolra di lettere e filosofia (Universita di Napoli) 5 (1955): 214-15, prints this commentary from Ms. Vaticanus Barbarinus Lat. 26. 36. Rosa, "Su alcuni commenti inediti," 215.

Ous, "romantic" moral that excuses the sin of love in a woman who remained faithful unto death)7 Clearly, in this particular instance, the commentator seems to have more personal sympathy with Phyllis's plight than his moralizing framework would permit)8 Another thirteenth .. century commentary on this epistle, which omits any moralization, seems to take Phyllis's claims about her marriage to Demophoon seriously, for it renders the sentence we have seen in the other commentary with one very significant change: "que cum maritum non haberet eum adamavit et ille cum ea legitime [sic] concubuit unde maximum malum illi continget" [Since she did not have a husband, she fell in love with him, and he lay with her legitimately, whence the great ..

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