The Transvestite Achilles: Gender and Genre in Statius Achilleid by P. J. HeslinThe Transvestite Achilles: Gender and Genre in Statius Achilleid by P. J. Heslin

The Transvestite Achilles: Gender and Genre in Statius Achilleid

byP. J. Heslin

Paperback | July 30, 2009

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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.
Title:The Transvestite Achilles: Gender and Genre in Statius AchilleidFormat:PaperbackDimensions:372 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:July 30, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521117755

ISBN - 13:9780521117753

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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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"Heslin's analysis convincingly shows that Statius skillfully employs the literary past to revisit familiar questions and to offer new insights. In the process, Heslin reveals a coherently intriguing and interesting Achilleid." - Charles McNelis, Georgetown University, Classical World