Petronius and the Anatomy of Fiction

Petronius and the Anatomy of Fiction

by Victoria Rimell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521037018

ISBN-13: 9780521037013

Pub. Date: 12/03/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Metaphors of the body form an important feature of Petronius' Satyricon. This book claims that the text can be read as a unified whole rather than as episodic jumble, despite its fragmentation. Presented as disturbing as well as comic, intricately structured as well as chaotic, the study asserts that the Satyricon's imagery constantly mirrors apparent paradoxes. Thus…  See more details below

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Metaphors of the body form an important feature of Petronius' Satyricon. This book claims that the text can be read as a unified whole rather than as episodic jumble, despite its fragmentation. Presented as disturbing as well as comic, intricately structured as well as chaotic, the study asserts that the Satyricon's imagery constantly mirrors apparent paradoxes. Thus corporeality is explored as a metaphor rather than just as an index of the "low" genre of the novel.

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

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction: corporealities; 1. Rhetorical red herrings; 2. Behind the scenes; 3. The beast within; 4. From the horse's mouth; 5. Bella intestina; 6. Regurgitating Polyphemus; 7. Scars of knowledge; 8. How to eat Virgil; 9. Ghost stories; 10. Decomposing rhythms; 11. Conclusion: licence and labyrinths; Appendices; Bibliography; Index of passages discussed; Index of subjects.

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