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Looking for Love, Finding Trouble—Reading Ancient World Literature, Passionately: (Bridge Essay: The Erotics and Politics of Love)

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature
EditorsKen Seigneurie
Accepted/In press2018
PublishedFeb 2020

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This essay discusses the methodological issues that arise when studying imaginative representations of love, desire, and affection in ancient world literature. It offers reflections on the kinds of textual material that come into view; considers different possible literary-critical frameworks for transcultural constellations of texts within (and beyond) the emerging corpus; and explores the particular pitfalls and potential of studying the erotics and politics of love in ancient world literature, both in relation to wider critical discussions on the theory and practice of world literature and to scholarly debates in the history of sexualities, queer studies, and reception studies.

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