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The Politics of Desire By Micaela Janan

The Politics of Desire
by Micaela Janan

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This work reassesses the last elegies of the Roman poet Propertius. By using psychoanalytic theory to illuminate the texts, the book examines the relation between political crisis and the struggles of the self and offers an understanding of the social crisis that affected the early Roman empire.
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The Politics of Desire: Propertius IV by Micaela Janan

Propertius (ca. 54 b.c.--ca. 2 b.c.) was a Roman poet who composed four compelling books of elegies in the chaotic years surrounding Rome's transition from republic to empire. The first three of these books revolve mostly around a tormented love affair with a woman called Cynthia. The fourth book of poetry rests on more diverse subject matter and is notoriously the most opaque and elusive. In The Politics of Desire, Micaela Janan radically reassesses Propertius' last elegies, using contemporary psychoanalytic theory to illuminate these challenging texts. Janan finds that the upheaval of Rome's transformation to empire corresponds to the intellectually unsettled conditions of our own time, so that contemporary methodologies offer an uncannily suitable approach for understanding Propertius. In particular, she uses the work of Jacques Lacan, since it provides the best conceptual tools for examining the relation between political crisis and the struggles of the self, a theme that resonates in these difficult elegies. This book expands our understanding of an important Roman poet, and its innovative and sophisticated methodological approach makes a substantial contribution to feminist and psychoanalytic criticism. In addition, Janan addresses elegy's relationship to larger cultural questions, and broadens our understanding of the social crisis affecting Rome during the early empire.

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About Micaela Janan


Micaela Janan is Associate Professor of Classics at Duke University. She is the author of When the Lamp Is Shattered: Desire and Narrative in Catullus (1994).

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GOR002794452
The Politics of Desire: Propertius IV by Micaela Janan
Micaela Janan
Used - Very Good
Paperback
University of California Press
2000-11-24
255
0520223217
9780520223219
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