FCS292 Week 1 - Class 1(these texts shaped western...

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Class 1 (these texts shaped western tradition) Ovid’s “Ars Amatoria” (The Art of Love) 1. Find out the woman you are “fain to love” 2. Bend her to your will 3. Safeguard that your love shall endure -and “condemn” you to love but one mistress -“The gods forbid. Even a married woman finds it difficult to keep a vow such as that.” -don’t flaunt your good fortune, and never give different women the same gifts -stagger the meeting times and the places you meet your different mistresses -be careful with what you say in letters, as many women read deeply into them (read more that there is) -men are usually the deceivers, women do it too but not often -Venus then proceeds to tell the narrator that he forgot the most important part of the whole matter, the different sex positions -she goes on to describe them: -ie, if you are small you should ride your lover as if he was your horse -if you’re tall like an amazon, you should kneel with her head turned slightly side ways -if labour has left its mark on you or you are not the most attractive, then your partner should go behind you -finally, although love has many postures, the simplest and lest tiring is to lie on your right side -Ovid is describing the different ways of seduction -it’s written in such a way that it almost seems as if Ovid is “talking with the boys” or gossiping to them -it’s very playful, he’s talking to us on a personal level, without formality -Ovid tells us to just approach the women, don’t worry about what they’re thinking, just go up to them, talk to them, initiate small talk -Ovid believes that love and desire can be easily manipulated by those that “learn the art of love” -he addresses a woman’s need for pleasure

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