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Transvestite Achilles Gender and Genre in Statius' Achilleid

ISBN-10: 0521851459

ISBN-13: 9780521851459

Edition: 2005

Authors: P. J. Heslin

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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.
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Book details

List price: $124.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/11/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 370
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

P. J. Heslin is a lecturer in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Durham.

Introduction
Opening nights at the opera 1641���1741
The design of the Achilleid
Womanhood, rhetoric, and performance
Semivir, Semifer, Semideus
Transvestism in myth and ritual
Rape, repetition, and romance
Conclusion