Judith P. Hallett, Marilyn B. Skinner
Princeton University Press, 1997 - History - 343 pages
This collection of essays seeks to establish Roman constructions of sexuality and gender difference as a distinct area of research, complementing work already done on Greece to give a fuller picture of ancient sexuality. By applying feminist critical tools to forms of public discourse, including literature, history, law, medicine, and political oratory, the essays explore the hierarchy of power reflected so strongly in most Roman sexual relations, where noblemen acted as the penetrators and women, boys, and slaves the penetrated. In many cases, the authors show how these roles could be inverted--in ways that revealed citizens' anxieties during the days of the early Empire, when traditional power structures seemed threatened.
In the essays, Jonathan Walters defines the impenetrable male body as the ideational norm; Holt Parker and Catharine Edwards treat literary and legal models of male sexual deviance; Anthony Corbeill unpacks political charges of immoral behavior at banquets, while Marilyn B. Skinner, Ellen Oliensis, and David Fredrick trace linkages between social status and the gender role of the male speaker in Roman lyric and elegy; Amy Richlin interrogates popular medical belief about the female body; Sandra R. Joshel examines the semiotics of empire underlying the historiographic portrayal of the empress Messalina; Judith P. Hallett and Pamela Gordon critique Roman caricatures of the woman-desiring woman; and Alison Keith discovers subversive allusions to the tragedy of Dido in the elegist Sulpicia's self-depiction as a woman in love.
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The Teratogenic Grid
Unspeakable Professions Public Performance and Prostitution in Ancient Rome
Dining Deviants in Roman Political Invective
Ego mulier The Construction of Male Sexuality in Catullus
The Erotics of amicitia Readings in Tibullus Propertius and Horace
Reading Broken Skin Violence in Roman Elegy
Female Desire and the Discourse of Empire Tacituss Messalina
Female Homoeroticism and the Denial of Roman Reality in Latin Literature
The Lovers Voice in Heroides 15 Or Why Is Sappho a Man?
Tandem venit amor A Roman Woman Speaks of Love
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