The Transvestite Achilles: Gender and Genre in Statius' Achilleid by P. J. Heslin | 9780521851459 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Transvestite Achilles: Gender and Genre in Statius' Achilleid

The Transvestite Achilles: Gender and Genre in Statius' Achilleid

by P. J. Heslin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521851459

ISBN-13: 9780521851459

Pub. Date: 08/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

As we follow Achilles' metamorphosis from wild boy to demure girl to lover to hero, Statius brilliantly illustrates a series of contrasting codes of behavior: male and female, epic and elegiac. This first full-length study of the poem addresses not only the narrative itself, but also sets the myth of Achilles on Scyros within a broad interpretive framework. The

Overview

As we follow Achilles' metamorphosis from wild boy to demure girl to lover to hero, Statius brilliantly illustrates a series of contrasting codes of behavior: male and female, epic and elegiac. This first full-length study of the poem addresses not only the narrative itself, but also sets the myth of Achilles on Scyros within a broad interpretive framework. The exploration ranges from the reception of the Achilleid in Baroque opera to the anthropological parallels that have emerged to explain Achilles' transvestism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521851459
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2005
Pages:
349
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Opening nights at the opera 1641-1741; 2. The design of the Achilleid; 3. Womanhood, rhetoric, and performance; 4. Semivir, Semifer, Semideus; 5. Transvestism in myth and ritual; 6. Rape, repetition, and romance; 7. Conclusion.

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