The Transvestite Achilles: Gender and Genre in Statius' Achilleid

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Cambridge University Press, 11 aug. 2005 - 349 pagina's
Statius' Achilleid is a playful, witty, and open-ended epic in the manner of Ovid. As we follow Achilles' metamorphosis from wild boy to demure girl to lover to hero, the poet 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 been adduced to explain Achilles' transvestism. The study's expansive approach, which includes Ovid and Ovidian reception, psychoanalytic perspectives and theorizations of gender in antiquity, makes it essential reading not only for students of Statius, but for students of Latin literature, and of gender in antiquity.
 

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Opening Sights at the Opera 16411744
1
The Design of the Achilleid
57
Womanhood Rhetoric and Performance
105
Semivir Semifer Semideus
157
Transvestism in Myth and Ritual
193
Rape Repetition and Romance
237
Conclusion
277
Works Cited
301
Index Locorum
331
General Index
343
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P. J. Heslin is a lecturer in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Durham.

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