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The Transvestite Achilles: Gender and Genre in Statius' Achilleid (repost)

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The Transvestite Achilles: Gender and Genre in Statius' Achilleid (repost)

P. J. Heslin, "The Transvestite Achilles: Gender and Genre in Statius' Achilleid"
English | PDF | 2009 | ISBN 0521117755 | 370 pages | 4 Mb

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.