Petronius and the Anatomy of Fiction

Petronius and the Anatomy of Fiction

by Victoria Rimell
     
 

Petronius' Satyricon, long regarded as the first novel of the western tradition, has always sparked controversy. This innovative reading of the surviving portions of the work shows how the Satyricon fuses the anarchic and the classic, the comic and the disturbing, and presents readers with a labyrinth of narratorial viewpoints. Victoria Rimell argues that the… See more details below

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Petronius' Satyricon, long regarded as the first novel of the western tradition, has always sparked controversy. This innovative reading of the surviving portions of the work shows how the Satyricon fuses the anarchic and the classic, the comic and the disturbing, and presents readers with a labyrinth of narratorial viewpoints. Victoria Rimell argues that the surviving fragments are connected by an imagery of disintegration, focused on a pervasive Neronian metaphor of the literary text as a human or animal body. Throughout, she discusses the limits of dominant twentieth-century views of the Satyricon as bawdy pantomime, and challenges prevailing restrictions of Petronian corporeality to material or non-metaphorical realms. This 'novel' emerges as both very Roman and very satirical in its 'intestinal' view of reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521037013
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/03/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of abbreviations
Introduction: Corporealities1
1Rhetorical red herrings18
2Behind the scenes32
3The beast within49
4From the horse's mouth60
5Bella intestina77
6Regurgitating Polyphemus98
7Scars of knowledge113
8How to eat Virgil123
9Ghost stories140
10Decomposing rhythms159
Conclusion: Licence and labyrinths176
App. IThe use of fundere and cognates in the Satyricon203
App. IIThe occurrence of fortuna or Fortuna in the Satyricon206
App. IIIAen. 4.39 at Sat. 112: nec venit in mentem, quorum consderis arvis?208
Bibliography210
Index of passages discussed227
Index of subjects237

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