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Petronius and the Anatomy of Fiction


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Metaphors of the body form an important feature of Petronius' Satyricon. This book claims that the text can be read as a unified whole rather than as episodic jumble, despite its fragmentation. Presented as disturbing as well as comic, intricately structured as well as chaotic, the study asserts that the Satyricon's imagery constantly mirrors apparent paradoxes. Thus corporeality is explored as a metaphor rather than just as an index of the "low" genre of the novel.


Explores corporeality as a metaphor and its implications for the unity of the text.

About the Author

Victoria Rimell is a Junior Research Fellow at University College, Oxford.

Table of Contents

Introduction: corporealities; 1. Rhetorical red herrings; 2. Behind the scenes; 3. The beast within; 4. From the horse's mouth; 5. Bella intestina; 6. Regurgitating Polyphemus; 7. Scars of knowledge; 8. How to eat Virgil; 9. Ghost stories; 10. Decomposing rhythms; 11. Conclusion: licence and labyrinths; Appendices.

Product Details

Cambridge University Press
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Rimell, Victoria
General Language Arts & Disciplines
Poetry-Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Poetry : Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Publication Date:
November 1998

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Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Medieval and Renaissance

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