Introduction: Other and Same: Female Presence in Flavian Epic

Antony Augoustakis

in Motherhood and the Other

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199584413
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723117 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Classical Literature and Gender Theory

Introduction: Other and Same: Female Presence in Flavian Epic

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This chapter examines ancient views on cosmopolitanism and the intersection of gender and ethnicity in the literature of the Neronian and Flavian periods and interprets them through the lens of Julia Kristeva's psychoanalytic theories of motherhood and foreign otherness. Kristeva's discussion of the paradoxical status of women as both central but at the same time marginalized applies to the women's presence in the epic poems under discussion, inasmuch as the heroines emerge as both autonomous and idealized but also asymbolic, bacchic/monstrous and therefore abject.

Keywords: gender; ethnicity; cosmopolitanism; Neronian period; Flavian period; Julia Kristeva; Rome; abject heroines

Chapter.  11481 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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