9780521037013

Petronius and the Anatomy of Fiction

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521037013

  • ISBN10:

    0521037018

  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-12-03
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Petronius' 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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. ix
Introduction Corporealitiesp. 1
Rhetorical Red Herringsp. 18
Behind the Scenesp. 32
The Beast Withinp. 49
From the Horse's Mouthp. 60
Bella Intestinap. 77
p. 98
Scars of Knowledgep. 113
How to Eat Virgilp. 123
Ghost Storiesp. 140
Decomposing Rhythmsp. 159
Conclusion: Licence and Labyrinthsp. 176
The Use of Fundere and Cognates in the Satyriconp. 203
The Occurrence of Fortuna or Fortuna in the Satyriconp. 206
Aen. 4.39 at Sat. 112: Nec Venit in Mentem, Quorum Consederis Arvis?p. 208
Bibliographyp. 210
Index of Passages Discussedp. 227
Index of Subjectsp. 237
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