Petronius and the Anatomy of Fiction
By (author) Dr. Victoria E. Rimell
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Petronius and the Anatomy of Fiction by Dr. Victoria E. Rimell
Book DescriptionPetronius' Satyricon, long regarded as the first 'novel' of the Western tradition, has always sparked controversy. It has been puzzled over as a strikingly modernist riddle, elevated as a work of exemplary comic realism, condemned as obscene and repackaged as a morality tale. This reading of the surviving portions of the work shows how the Satyricon fuses the anarchic and the classic, the comic and the disturbing, and presents readers with a labyrinth of narratorial viewpoints. Dr Rimell argues that the surviving fragments are connected by an imagery of disintegration, focused on the pervasive Neronian metaphor of the literary text as a human or animal body. Throughout, she discusses the limits of dominant twentieth-century views of the Satyricon as bawdy pantomime, and challenges prevailing restrictions of Petronian corporeality to material or non-metaphorical realms. This 'novel' emerges as both very Roman and very satirical in its 'intestinal' view of reality.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521037013
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 21-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Dr. Victoria E. Rimell
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An ambitious analysis of the Roman literary obsession with retreat and closed spaces, in the context of expanding empire.
Ovid's Lovers, Paperback (July 2009)
A compelling investigation of the question of the male/female relationship, which is central to Ovid's works.
Martial's Rome, Hardback (January 2009)
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Petronius and the Anatomy of Fiction, Hardback (November 2002)» View all books by Dr. Victoria E. Rimell
This book explores corporeality as a metaphor and its implications for the unity of the text.
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Author Biography - Dr. Victoria E. Rimell
Victoria Rimell is Associate Professor in the Department of Greek and Latin Philology at the University of Rome, La Sapieza. She has published Petronius and the Anatomy of Fiction (2002), Ovid's Lovers (2006) and Martial's Rome (2008), and has also contributed to The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire (edited by Kirk Freudenberg, 2005) and Ordering Knowledge in the Roman Empire (edited by Jason Konig and Tim Whitmarsh, 2007).
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